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Allen A. Lloyd 




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CA., 1766 -1962 





CA., 1766 - 1962 

Written by: 



This book was conceived, written and published in a period of about 
fourteen months. Such accomplishment would have been impossible 
without the fine spirit of cooperation from Miss Rebecca Liner, James 
Cheshire, Sr., R. R. Hooker, E. M. Lynch, A. H. Graham, Mrs. Gladys 
Coley, Dalton Loftin, Mrs. Kathryn Knight, Mrs. S. F. Nicks, Dr. H. W. 
Moore, Mrs. Virginia Gattis, Mrs. Lucy Mayfield Gattis, (Washington, 
D. Cv), Mrs. Pauline Lloyd, Evelyn Lloyd, Dr. C. E. Maddry, J. Clyde 
Ray and Rev. S. T. Kimbrough, Jr. of the Methodist Church . 

From: Dickerson's Chapel: Rev. A. J. Holman, Rev. P. 0. James, 
Harold Daye, Willis Lipscomb, Mrs. Agnes Whitted, Mrs. Merinda Mc- 
Pherson, Gaither Collins, and Edgar Collins. 

From: St. Matthew's Episcopal Church— Rev. L. W. Pettit, J. G. 
Webb, and James Cheshire, Sr. 

From: Mount Bright Baptist Church — Rev. Fred J. Boddie, Jr., Rev. 
H. B. Perry, Ed Whitted, Clyde Whitted, and Hampton Long. 

From: Hillsborough Baptist Church— Dr. C. E. Maddry, Rev. B. C. 
Cresson, Rev. E. G. Holt, Wm. Coleman, M. F. Lloyd, Mrs. Bun Turner, 
Sr., and John Turner. 

From: Hillsborough Presbyterian Church — Rev. J. H. Wade, Mrs. 
Alec Anderson, James Cheshire, Sr., R. R. Hooker, and Edwin Lynch. 

From: Mebane Chapel — Mrs. Grace Obie and Mrs. Merinda McFher- 

Also Mrs. Irene Pender and Mrs. Alfred Engstrom have helped in 
many ways. 

The history covers over two hundred years which is a long sweep 
of time. A lot of hard work has gone into this "History of the Churches 
of Hillsborough". 

The preachers of the churches of our town have shown a fine spirit 
of cooperation in every way. We want to extend our thanks to the many 
people who uncovered )and made available to us the many fine illustra- 
tions which so enrich this history. 


Orange County was formed in 1752 from the western portions of 
Granville, Johnston, and Bladen Counties, counties that experienced phe- 
nomenal growth in population after 1740. Its formation, in a time of 
poor roads and great distances, was a matter of necessity for the western 

In 1753, the eastern boundary of Orange was twenty miles west of 
Granville County Courthouse, from the Virginia line south to the Neuse 

During colonial days a frontier county had no definite western 
boundary; it extended as far west as there were settlers. The creation 
of Rowan County in 1753 gave Orange its first definite boundary. 

Hillsborough was laid off in 1754 by William Churton on the north 
bank of Eno River. The town contained about four hundred acres of 
land. It was colled Orange, but its name was changed to Corbinton in 
a very short time, for Francis Corbin. On Nov. 20, 1759, it was in- 
corporated under the name of Childsburg. In 1766 the name was changed 
^o Hillsborough, complimentary to the Earl of Hillsborough. 

The only church in the town, at about this time, stood on the site 
of the present Presbyerian Church. It was erected by persons of the 
"Episcopal persuasion". In 1784 it was made a school and free meeting 
house, with the preference given to Episcopal ministers. Later it was 
made famous as the place at which the first sliate convention — to con- 
sider the proposed Federal Constitution — met, July, 1788. 

Within the mile-square of the Town of Hillsborough, there have been 
as many as eight churches, as follows: 

1. First Baptist Church — organized Nov. 18, 1853 in the old Dicker- 
son's Chapel, then the Baptist Church. 

2. Mount Bright Baptist Church— organized 1866. 

3. Dickerson's Chapel A.M.E. Church. Organized 1851. The building 
was once the Orange County Courthouse and later the Hillsborough 
Baptist Church. 

4. St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, organized Aug. 24, 1824. 

5. Mebane Chapel — organized 1913. 

6. Hillsborough Methodist Church— organized in 1807. 

7. Hillsborough Presbyterian Church— organized 1816. 

8. Presbyterian Church for "Colored People"— organized about 1877. 
The oldest church building in town is the Dickerson's Chapel. It 

was the third courthouse of Orange County. The second district court- 
house, it was authorized by the legislature in 1790. Was first used as a 
church by the white Baptists of Hillsborough in 1853. They bought the 
old courthouse and moved it up the street to the corner of Churton and 
Queen Streets. The Baptists sold the building to George Bishop— about 
1862. He sold it to the "friends of the colored free men" of Hillsborough. 
The members of Dickerson's Chapel bought the building in 1886. Rev. 
Job Berry was the first pastor of the church. 

Mount Bright Baptist Church was organized in the year 1866. It was 
organized in the Hillsborough Baptist Church by the help of the pastor 
and members of the church. Mount Bright Church was named in honor 
of its first pastor, the Rev. Alfred E. Bright. The present site was given 
to the group by the widow of the Honorable William Graham, Governor 
of North Carolina, 1845. The church was erected on the present site 
in 1906. 

Hillsborough Methodist Church was organized about 1807. The first 
preaching services were held in the old courthouse. The first church was 
built of wood, and located on Lot No. 102, near the home of Mrs. Odell 
Clayton. The second church was built with brick on the land bought 
from Mr. H. N. Brown. 

Mebane Chapel was organized in 1913. Built on the land obtained 
from Abe and Annie B. Mebane, it was located in the western part of 

Presbyterian Church for "colored people" was organized about 1877. 
The church was built on the land obtained from George W. Brodie and 
Charlotte L. Brodie. The church was located on the corner of Orange 
and Wake Streets. 

Hillsborough Presbyterian Church was built about 1816 of English 
brick to replace an old structure erected by colonial Episcopalians. It is 
not known who organized this church. The cemetery near the church 
was laid out in 1754. The Presbyterian Church ground served as a 
meeting place for 184 delegates from every county in the colony of N. C. 
to discuss matters of government, taxation, military strength, etc. 





















HILLSBOROUGH METHODIST CHURCH 81,83, 85, 86, 89, 93, 96, 97 


101, 102, 105, 112, 118-121 





(Old Town Clock in Steeple) 

Church of England or the Episcopal Church. 

Built 1766 by the Episcopalians under the Reverend George Mickle- 
john, appointed to the Parish by Governor Tyron. It was located on the 
corner of Churton and Tyron Streets. After the Rev. Micklejohn, there 
are no records that the parish had a resident minister, and the church 
and grounds passed to the Presbyterians. 

The Constitutional Convention met in this building in the year 1788. 
They declined to adopt the Constitution at this time. 

The plans for the building were found in Mr. Bailey's papers at the 
University of North Carolina. Building drawn by Mrs. Irene Pender, Cedar 
Grove, N. C. 



Hillsborough was too small to laccommodate those who had come to 
the convention. Many of the two hundred and eighty delegates had 
brought their wives and children. Other men from every part of the 
state had streamed into the little town to attend what everyone knew 
would be a momentous event in the history of North Carolina. They 
knew that there was scant chance they could see even one session of 
the convention. They hoped merely to hear the reports given in the 
taverns and to talk to the delegates. William Hooper invited several 
men to stay at his home. Adam Rutledge, Johnston, and Iredell were 
invited to stay at William Hooper's home. 

Until the year 1784, the town clock was located in the beautiful 
steeple of the Church of Hillsborough. In front of the church and along 
the road leading to it stood crowds of people, waiting to see the formal 
procession of convention delegates. All types and classes were repre- 
sented. Children perched on the high brick wall or crouched on the 
grass by the roadside. The town clock boomed out eleven strokes. A 
band started to play, and the procession moved toward the church. 

The last day of the convention, the morning was fair and the old 
church was crowded. The women's clothes made the balconies gay with 
color. The delegates were seated in pews once occupied by royal Gov- 
ernors and their ladies, by Lord Cornwallis and his officers. 

The Reverend David Caldwell stepped forward iand prayed for the 
blessings of God on the men seated. Samuel Johnston was president of 
the convention. At the end of the convention, North Carolina had neither 
ratified nor rejected the constitution. Alone among the states she had 
said, "Secure our rights". 

(From: Queen's Gift — Inglis Fletcher) 

North Carolina ratified the new constitution at the convention at 
Fayetteville in 1789. Rev. David Caldwell was a most sympathetic adviser 
of the Regulators and voiced the sentiments of pure democracy in the 
Halifax Convention which framed the constitution of 1776. 




Plans for the Inside of the First Church 
Hillsborough, N. C. — 1766 


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Map of Orange County 
Drawn by George W. Tate 






The Sanctuary of the Baptist Church, Hillsborough, N. C, 1962 



Baptists have churches and missions throughout the world. In the 
United States Baptists have formed three large groups — American (for- 
merly called Northern), Southern, and Negro Baptists. There are 17 
smaller groups or branches. Southern Baptists in the United States num- 
ber more than 9 million. The Baptists have about sixty thousand churches 
in the U. S. Baptist in Canada number more than 483,000. 

In the matter of church government the Baptists do not submit to 
any central oversight. Each congregation stands on its own, but at an 
early time the Baptists recognized the value of voluntary association and 
both local and state associations now exist. The Baptist denomniation 
had ministers and churches in the newly created Orange County about 
as early as the Presbyterians and other dissenters. 

The great division of the Baptists came in 1845 and, like the Method- 
ists and Episcopal Church, was over the question of slavery. The South- 
erners "seceded" and formed their own Southern Baptist Convention 
in order to carry on more effectively the work of the Southern Baptist 
churches. This breach has not yet been mended. 

The Baptists have insisted upon freedom of thought and expression 
in pulpit and pew; this had made this denomination one of the most 
democratic religious bodies in America, and one in which liberal and 
conservative doctrines are preached freely. Today they constitute the 
largest Protestant group in the United States and the largest religious 
group in the State of North Carolina. 

The Baptist Church was organized no November 19, 1853. From the 
best information obtainable, it seems that the first Baptist preacher to 
hold services in Hillsborough was the Reverend Elias Dodson, a native of 
Virginia and a graduate of the College of William and Mary. He preached 
in the Courthouse around 1844. When the new Courthuose was built 
in 1845, he bought the old Courthouse and moved it up the street to 
the corner of Churton and Queen Streets. This became the First Baptist 
Church of Hillsborough. The church Was organized in this building on 
November 19, 1853. The organizing council consisted of the Rev. T. W. 
Toby, Rev. Amos Jones, Jr., Rev. A. D. Blackwood, and Deacons T. G. 
Faucette of Mt. Hermon Church, William Ward of Mars Hill, Sidney Lea 
of Yanceyville, and A. Oldham of Cane Creek. 

The sermon was preached by the Rev. T. W. Toby who had been a 
missionary in China, but who had recently returned to America because 
of the illness of his wife. 

The Council was organized with the election of Rev. T. W. Toby 
as moderator and Rev. A. D. Blackwood as clerk. 

Mrs. Susan W. Graham, wife of Governor William A. Graham, joined 
the church by letter November 19, 1853. 

On November 19, the new church met in conference and H. G. 
Stroud was elected clerk and John Cheek and H. C. Stroud were elected 

On February 26, 1854, the church called Rev. A. Jones as pastor. 
He accepted the call. The church had a total of 29 pastors in 100 years. 


Minister Called Resigned 

.varon Jones, Jr. - Feb. 1854 

Thomas J. Landsell ...Oct. 1855 . 

Moses Baldwin Jan. 1857 *. 

John Mitchell Oct. 1857 Feb. 1862 

J. L. Carroll June 1862 Dec. 1863 

No Pastor Jan. 1864 Jan. 1866 

N. W. Wilson Jan. 1866 

W. R. Gwaltney ..... Nov. 1867 Jan. 1872 

F. H. Jones Oct. 1872 Oct. 1873 

W. B. Harrell Jan. 1875 Dec. 1877 

No Pastor Jan. 1877 Feb. 1880 

W. L. Wright Feb. 1880 Oct. 1885 

C. C. Newton Dec. 1886 

G. W. Harmon __ ...Jan. 1889 May 1890 

No Pastor May 1890 „. Apr. 1896 

N. B. Cobb Apr. 1896 May 1899 

Wade D. Bostic Sept. 1899 

Charles E. Maddry ...Dec. 1901 Aug. 1904 

A. C. Hamby Aug. 1904 Sept. 1906 

Ira E. D. Andrews Sept. 1906 Oct. 1907 

John H. Hocutt Oct. 1907 Dec. 1910 

J. R. Greene Jan. 1911 Nov. 1915 

S. W. Oldham .......Jan 1916 Jan. 1922 

W. R. Beach Mar. 1922 Feb. 1924 

J. R. Cantrell May 1924 Dec. 1927 

C. A. Caldwell May 1928 May 1937 

A. K. Cheek July 1937 ...Sept. 1943 

W. W. Abernathy Dec. 1943 . 1948 

Paul Deaton 1948 1949 

Charles E. Maddry 1950 or 51 June 1957 

Bruce C. Cresson June 1957 Sept. 1961 

E. G. Holt May 1962 



John Cheek 
H. C. Stroud 
Alfred F. Stroud 
J. E. Jones 
P. H. Smith 
W. H. Walker 
S. W. Andrews 

1853 A. B. Summey 

J. J. Ward 
W. C. Gates 

TO A. S. Mitchell 

J. M. Carr 
J. M. Lloyd 

1950 J. H. Evans 

0. W. Cain 
J. E. Sharpe 
B. G. Turner, Sr. 
W. B. Coleman 
Fred Sharpe 
R. B. Todd 
M. P. Lloyd 


W. H. Walker, A. J. Snipes, Sr., J. M. Carr, and Bunn Turner, Sr. 

In October, 1900 the Hillsborough Baptist Church ordained Robert 
P. Walker to the Gospel Ministry. 

J. G. Goodwin, Jr., was ordained May 11, 1952 in the Hillsborough 
Baptist Church. Later he has become a missionary in Korea. 

Paul Goodwin, another member of the church is now minister of 
music at the First Baptist Church, Bollinger, Tetfas. 


The following have served the church as church clerks: H. G. Strowd, 
J. E. Jones, J. M. Blackwood, J. E. Jones, J. M. Blackwood, J. E. Jones, 
M. W. McCallum, Dr. J. S. Spurgeon, J. H. EVans, J. J. Ward, M. P. 
Lloyd, W. B. Coleman, J. H. Culbreth, Mrs. James Rippey, James P. All- 
red, Sr., and Mrs. J. L. Rosemond. 


The church sold the house and lot on Churton and Queen Streets in 
1862, ias described in the following document as recorded in the office 
of the Register of Deeds of Orange County: 

20 • 

This indenture made the 18th day of August A.D., 1862, between 
IH. Q. Strowd, John Cheek, and William Ward, Trustees of the 
Baptist Church in the town of Hillsborough, and George Bishop 
of the Town of Newberne, County of Craven, State of North Carolina 
witnesseth that said H. C. Strowd, John Cheek, William Ward, 
Trustees for and in consideration of the sum of Seven Hundred and 
Fifty Dollars to them in hand paid the receipt whereof is hereby 
acknowledged hath given, granted, bargained, and sold, and conveyed 
and by these present doth give, grant, bargain and sell and convey 
to the said George Bishop heirs and assign a certain lot or parcel 
of land containing one-half of three-fourths of an acre more or less 
and being in the Town of Hillsborough known as the Old Baptist 
Church Lot bounded as follows: on the West by Churton Street, on 
the North by Queen Street, on the East by Margaret. Wall, and on the 
South by Josiah Turner it being a part of lot No. 80 in the Town of 
Hillsborough according to the plan of said town. To have and to hold 
all the aforesaid lot or parcel of land with the appurtenances to 
the said George Bishop his heirs and assign forever against the 
claims of all persons whatsoever and they do further covenant that 
the said H. C. Strowd, John Cheek, and William Ward is seized of 
the premises in fee simple and has power to make and convey such 
an estate by this indenture and has done the same by these presents. 

In Witness Whereof the said parties of the first part have 
hereunto set their hands and seals the day and year above written. 
H. C. Strowd (Seal) Signed, sealed, and delivered 

John Cheek (Seal) in presence of John Turner. 

Wm. Ward (Seal) 

George Bishop of Newbern sold the house and lot to Ellerton P. 
Morris, Anthony M. Krinton, and Richard Cadbery of Philadelphia for 
the sum of twelve hundred dollars. These men are designated as "friends 
of the colored free man" of Hillsborough. The church became the home 
of the colored Methodist Church of Hillsborough later, and continues as 
such until this day. 

The Baptist Church sometime between 1854 and 1860 purchased from 
W. J. Freeland the lot upon which the present church stands. The lot 
contains two acres and extends from Margaret Lane along Wake Street 
to King Street. The cornerstone of the new church was laid in 1860. The 
architect was W. M. Percival and the builder was D. Kistler. The build- 
ing committee was composed of J. M. Mitchell, J. M. Cheek, and H. C. 
Strowd. The church was to cost $4,600. It seems from the imperfect 
record that trouble arose with the builder over the imperfection in the 
brick work. In the meantime, the Civil War engulfed the South in the 
Spring of 1861, and the church lost the money saved for the building in 
worthless Confederate bonds and in the failure of the Hillsborough Sav- 
ings Institution. 


From another record, it states that the land for the church was 
given by Mrs. Susan Washington Graham. 

Mrs. Susan W. Graham did a great deal of work for the church as 
long as she was a member. In 1860, her donation of two thousand dollars, 
together with several liberal subscriptions from friends, induced the 
Baptists of Hillsborough to undertake the erection of a church to cost 
$4,600.00. Mrs. Graham wrote letters to the members asking them to 
contribute one dollar for this purpose. 

In the summer of 1952, under the leadership of Dr. Charles E. 
Maddry, the church launched the movement to erect an educational 
building. The building cost about 85 thousand dollars. 

It is not known when the Baptists moved into the new building. It 
must have been around 1864. The evidence goes to show that the church 
worshipped in the basement of the new church for some years. Also the 
record shows that the building was completed by John Berry, a well 
known architect and builder. 

Rev. T. M. Jordan often preached to the colored people (slaves) of 
Hillsborough in the basement of the Baptist Church. One night they 
gave him so much Confederate money that he had to carry it home tied 
up in his handkerchief. He married and baptized many of the colored 
members. Around the year 1868, the colored members took letters and 
organized a church of their own. Today the colored Baptist Church 
is one of the largest churches in Hillsborough in its membership. They 
have a splendid meeting house and a good pastor. 

Dr. George W. Purefoy of Chapel Hill helped in the work of the 
Baptist Church in Hillsborough on one occasion in the early days of 
the church. He was well educated, and a Baptist of the strictest sort. 
He was a large slave-owner and a noted fox hunter. He boasted that 
he hunted foxes in the winter season, and Methodists in the summer. 

When the Church was organized in 1853, it joined the Beulah Asso- 
ciation; later the church joined te Mt. Zion Association, which was 
organized at Mt. Moriah Church. 



Hillsboro, N. C. 


Crabtree, William T. 

Allred, Charles 
Allred, Mrs. Miriam 
Allred, James F., Jr. 
Allred, T. I. 
Baity, Nancy H. 
Baldwin, Mrs. Guy R. 
Baldwin, Guy H., Jr. 
Barber, Lavarrah M. 
Barbour, Mrs. Lillie 
Basile, Mrs. Carol H. 
Baucom, H. S. 
Baucom, Betty Jane 
Baucom, Sandra 
Beck, B. E. 
Beck, Mrs. B. E. 
Bivins, Mrs. Alda 
Bivins, John R. 
Bivins, Mrs. Elizabeth 
Bivins, R. Edgar 
Bivins, Mrs. R. Edgar 
Bivins, Pamela Jean 
Blackwelder, Joe 
Blackwelder, Mrs. Modena 
Blackwelder, Richard 
Blake, Mrs. Fred 
Blake, Fred, Jr. 
Bobbitt, Elsie 
Boggs, Mrs. L. C. 
Boone, Fred A. 
Boone, Mrs. Fred A. 
Broadwell, H. 
Brown, Mrs. H. L. 
Brown, Andrew 
Bobbitt, Brent 
Bruno, Tony 
Bruno, Mrs. Tony 
Bullard, Carlene 
Burkhead, Leon 
Burkhead, Mrs. Leon 
Byrd, Earl J. 
Byrd, Mrs. Earl J. 
Crabtree, A. W. 
Crabtree, Mrs. A. W. 
Crabtree, Mrs. E. W. 
Crabtree, Georgia Leigh 
Crabtree, Marion 
Crabtree, Mrs. Walter 
Crabtree, William Edward 

Crabtree, Mrs. Willaim T. 
Crawford, Mrs. Bertha 
Crawford, Charles M. 
Crawford, Charles M., Jr. 
Crawford, Engene 
Crawford, Mrs. Ernest 
Crawford, Hilda 
Crawford, Joe 
Crawford, Linda 
Crawford, Mrs. Roy D. 
Culbreth, J. Harold 
Culbreth, Mrs. J. Harold 
Culbreth, Cynthia 
Caldwell, Mrs. C. A. 
Carr, Mrs. C. E. 
Carr, Claiborne 
Carr, Julian W. 
Carroll, Mrs. Mary Alice 
Gates, M. L. 
Cates, Marvin 
Champion, Julious Edward 
Clark, Mrs. Pat S. 
Clayton, W. John 
Clayton, Mrs. W. John 
Cole, Mrs. A. C. 
Cole, Foy 

Cole, Mrs. Charlotte 
Coleman, Frank 
Coleman, H. G., Sr. 
Coleman, Mrs. H. G., Sr. 
Coleman, H. G., Jr. 
Coleman, Harry 
Coleman, W. B. 
Coleman, Mrs. W. B. 
Coleman, Vickie 
Collins, Bob 
Collins, Mrs. Bob 
Collins, Donald 
Culbreth, Jimmy 
Collins, J. S. 
Collins, Mrs. J. S. 
Collins, Kenneth 
Compton, Mrs. Carolyn S. 
Crabtree, Ann 
Davis, Mrs. J. A. 
Delfs, Mrs. Jacequeline 
Edwins, Rev. and Mrs. S. 


Edmonds, Mr. and Mrs. Tom 

Faulkner, Betty Jean 

Faulkner, Dorothy Lee 

Faulkner, Martha Lou 

Ferreil, Marjoria 

Frederick, J. R. 

Frederick, Clara 

Gardner, Ernest D. 

Gates, Coy 

Gates, Mrs. Coy 

Goodwin, Mrs. J. G., Sr. 

Gray, Mrs. Fred 

Greason, Mrs. H. K., Sr. 

Greason, H. K., Jr. 

Greason, Sharon 

Greene, Cyrus 

Greene, Mrs. Cyrus 

Greason, Linda 

Haithcock, Tim 

Haithcock, Worth B. 

Haithcock, Mrs. Worth B. 

Hastings, Mrs. Worth B. 

Hastings, Arnold 

Hastings, Bobby 

Hastings, Mrs. Bobby 

Hawkins, Mrs. Betty Sue 

Hawkins, Dathene S. 

Hayes, Mrs. Arthur 

Hayes, Betty June 

Hayes, Christine 

Hayes, Helen 

Hayes, Madge 

Hayes, Mrs. Robbie 

Head, Thurmond 

Hines, Charlie 

Hines, Mrs. Charlie 

Hocutt, Clarence 

Hodul, Mrs. Paul 

Hopper, E. S. 

Hopper, Mrs. E. S. 

Hopper, Jim 

Hopper, Robert 

Horn, Mrs. Emma 

Holt, Rev. Glenn 

Holt, Mrs. Glenn 

Horton. Jo Ann 

Howard, Mrs. Alma 

Howard, Mary Alice 

Howard, Melvia 

Howard, Patricia 

Howerton, Linda 

Jackson, John A. 
Jones, Vernon 
Kahn, Mrs. Nancy 
Kennedy, Brenda 
Kennedy, Michael 
Kennedy, W. E. 
Kennedy, Mrs. W. E. 
Kenyon, Ruth 
Knight, Bobby 
Knight, Mrs. Bobby 
Knight, Mrs. J. W. 
Larkins, Mrs. John D., Sr. 
Lloyd, Avis 
Lloyd, Gary W. 
Lloyd, Mrs. Gary 
Lloyd, Mitchell, Sr. 
Lloyd, Mrs. Mitchell, Sr. 
Lloyd, Mitchell, Jr. 
Lloyd, Mrs. Mitchell, Jr. 
Lloyd, Myron P. 
Lloyd, Mrs. Myron P. 
Lloyd, Winifred 
Long, Mrs. Thelma L. 
McDade, Beverly 
Maddry, Mrs. Charles E. 
Mangum, Billy 
Mangum, Clarence 
Mason, R. G. 
Mason, Mrs. R. G. 
Mason, Tim 

Mangum, Mrs. Clarence 
McBane, G. C. 
McBane, Mrs. G. C. 
McBane, G. C, Jr. 
McBane, Mrs. Sylvia S 
McDade, Philip 
McDade, Mrs. W. P. 
McDade, Mrs. Wayne 
Micol, Mrs. Myrna H. 
Midgett, Mrs. J. B. 
Mitchell, A. L. 
Mitchell, Mrs. A. L. 
Mitchell, Mrs. A. S. 
Mitchell, Billy R. 
Mitchell, Mrs. Juanita 
Mitchell, Lynda 
Mitchell, W. M. 
Murray, Ed 
Murray, Mrs. Ed 
Murray, Geralene 
Myers, Holt 


Neighbors, Mrs. John 
Newman, Ada 
Newman, Mrs. C. L. 
Nicholas, Mrs. Yvonne 
Parker, Johnny 
Parker, Dell 
Parker, Randolph 
Parker, Mrs. Randolph 
Pope, Marilyn 
Privette, Betty 
Privette, Bill 
Privette, Ruth 
Phipps, Sarah Puryear 
Reeves, Mrs. Marlene 
Rittenhouse, Jim 
Rittenhouse, Mrs. Jim 
Rittenhouse, Mrs. W. H. 
Rosemond, J. L. 
Rosemond, Mrs. J. L. 
Ross, Mrs. Coleen 
Ray, Mrs. Catherine C. 
Ray, Mike 
Ray, S. Coley 
Ray, Mrs. S. Coley 
Ray, Sam 
Ray, Susan 
Raynor, John 
Raynor, Mrs. R. J. 
Raynor, Will 
Reeves, Jimmy 
Reeves, Johnny 
Reeves, June 
Reeves, Paul J., Sr. 
Reeves, Mrs. Paul J., Sr. 
Richmond, Mrs. Phyllis 
Riley, Barbara 
Riley, Billy 
Riley, Olto 
Riley, Mrs. Otto 
Riley, Wilma Jean 
Rippy, James 
Rippy, Mrs. James 
Rittenhouse, Jane 
Rittenhouse, Sue 
Rittenhouse, Ann 
Roberson, Clarence 
Roberson, Mrs. Clarence 
Roberson, Clarene 
Roberts, Mrs. Clara 
Roberts, Mrs. A. 
Roberts, Mrs. Dufford 

Roberts, Paul 
Roberts, Mrs. Paul 
Roberts, Joyce Ann 
Roberts, Mrs. Vivian S. 
Rose, Mrs. Merle M. 
Rosemond, Clarence 
Rosemond, Everette 
Sykes, Peggy 
Sykes, Mrs. Philip 
Sykes, Philip, Jr. 
Sawyer, Brittian 
Scearse, Mrs. L. L. 
Scott, Mrs. Clyde H. 
Scott, Philip 
Scott, Curtis 
Scott, Mrs. Curl is 
Scott, Roland 
Scott, Mrs. Roland 
Scott, Barbara 
Scott, Mrs. W. A. 
Shambley, Valinda 
Sharpe, Delbert 
Sharpe, Fred S. 
Sharpe, Mrs. Fred S. 
Sharpe. Freddy 
Sharpe, Tommy 
Shelton, Mrs. Paul 
Smith, George 
Smith, Mrs. George 
Smith, Newman 
Snipes, A. J., Sr. 
Snipes, Mrs. A. J., Sr. 
Snipes, A. J., Jr. 
Snipes, Mrs. A. J., Jr. 
Sparrow, Betty Mae 
Sparrow, Mary 
Spurgeon, Mrs. J. S. 
Spurgeon, Mrs. George 
Stone, Mrs. J. T. 
Strayhorn, Harold 
Spry, Mr. Doyle 
Strayhorn, Mrs. H. H. 
Strayhorn, Hilda 
Strayhorn, Jack 
Strayhorn, Mrs. Lalah 
Styers, T. 0. 
Styers, Mrs. T. 0. 
Summey, Currie 
Summey, Harold 
Summey, Osbunn 
Summey, Mrs. Osbunn 


Snipes, Jimmy 
Snipes, W. 
Snipes, Russell 
Snipes, Lloyd 
Scott, Gregg 
Tapp, Mrs. George 
Teal, Mrs. Charlie 
Thomas, Phil 
Thompson, Brenda 
Thompson, Dickie 
Thompson, Reid 
Thompson, Mrs. Reid 
Thompson, Susan 
Thompson, Mrs. T. A. 
Toler, John 
Toler, Mrs. John 
Toler, Mike 
Toler, Mildred 
Tolar, Rodney 
Tolar, Mrs. Rodney 
Turner, Mrs. H. G., Sr. 
Turner, B. G., Jr. 
Turner, John S., Sr. 
Turner, Mrs. John S., 
Turner, John, Jr. 
Vincent, Charlie 
Vincent, Mrs. Charlie 


Vincent, Barbara 
Vincent, Ginger 
Vincent, June 
Walker, Aubrey 
Walker, W. H. 
Walker, Mrs. W. H. 
Walters, Mrs. C. I. 
Walters, Dwight 
Walters, Mrs. Dwight 
Walters, Mary David 
Walters, Joe 
Watkins, Allen 
Watkins, Mrs. Allen 
Watkins, Mrs. Herbert 
Whaley, Julian 
Whaley, Mrs. Julian 
Whittington, Mrs. Rebecca 
Whittington, Sandra 
Wilkie, Mrs. Callie 
Williams, Mrs. Nannie 
Williamson, Robert 
Woods, Claude 
Worrell, Mrs. W. M. 
Worrell, Linda Sue 
Worrell, Sylvia 
Walters, Dave 
Whittington, Lois 



Dr. Maddry was born April 10, 1876, in a three-room log house. It 
was situated in a large grove of beautiful trees. He had five sisters and 
three brothers. One girl died in infancy. Eight grew to adulthood. His 
home was located three miles north of Chapel Hill on the old Hillsboro 
Road, known in recent years as the Airport Road. 

Dr. Maddry's grandmother was a Presbyterian and his grandfather 
a Baptist. They lived in a log house two and one-half miles north of 
Chapel Hill. His grandmother believed strictly in keeping the Lord's 
Day holy. All work on the farm had to be finished by Saturday noon. 
All food was prepared on Saturday and nothing cooked on Sunday except 
that water was boiled for making coffee. The reading of the "Word of 
God was the natural and accepted practice in most homes in the com- 

The counties of the state were divided into large school districts. 
Under the law a schoolhouse was built somewhere near the center of 
each district. These houses were small and furnished with rough seats 
made of oak slabs with holes bored in them. Legs fashioned from pieces 
of split timber were inserted into the holes. The school, in session for 
some two months after the crops were laid by, or during January and 
February, was taught Iby some itenerant schoolmaster, who usually 
boarded with his pupils 

The curriculum of the school was usually limited to the three R's — 
reading, arithmetic, and writing. 

In the year 1896, Dr. Maddry was twenty years of age. After "laying 
by" the crops, his father informed him that he was "setting him free" 
and that he would give him the rest of his time, until he was twenty-one 
years of age. His father expressed the hope that he would be able to 
go to school but was unable to help him. He attended a preparatory 
school in Chapel Hill, taught by Professor J. W. Canada of Summerfield, 
Guilford County. He had no money, and he cut wood to pay his way. 

Dr. Maddry entered the University of North Carolina in the year 
1898. He worked hard at several types of work to earn enough money 
to pay his expenses at the University. Because of debt and lack of neces- 
sary funds, he was compelled to drop out of school. After a year of hard 
work as county superintendent and pastor of five churches, he re-entered 
in January as a member of the class of 1903. During this time, he carried 
on the church work at Hillsborough and near-by Mars Hill, preaching 
three times each month. 

Dr. Maddry attended the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary at 
Louisville, Kentucky, in 1906. 

Mr. Edmund Strudwick, president of the South Atlantic Life In- 
surance Company of Richmond, Virginia, loaned Dr. Maddry some money 
for expenses while in the seminary. When Dr. Maddry sent the first pay- 
ment on the notes, he received a gracious letter saying that he need not 
send any further payments and enclosed the cancelled notes. 

On May 2, 1906, Dr. Maddry married Emma Parker, daughter of 
T. B. Parker and Penelope Alderman Parker, in the Baptist Church in 


Hillsborough. The ceremony was performed by Dr. Hight C. Moore, a 
relative of the bride, and the pastor of the church, Rev. A. C. Hamby. 
Dr. W. P. Powell, a seminary classmate, and for many years pastor of 
the First Baptist Church of Nashville, Tennessee, was best man. 

Dr. Maddry and his wife began keeping house in Greensboro on 
Rankin Street. On December 13, 1907, his daughter, Katherine, was born. 
Dr. Maddry accepted the call to preach in Raleigh on the first Sunday 
in December, 1911, at the Tabernacle Baptist Church. 

He reached Austin, Texas, June 1, 1916, and was met at the train 
by Judge John C. Towne, Dean of the University Law School. His wife 
and little girl stayed in Raleigh until early in September. Dr. Maddry 
preached his initial sermon on the first Sunday in June, 1916. Thus he 
became the pastor of the University Church, Austin, Texas. 

On January 1, 1921, he became the secretary of the North Carolina 
Baptist State Convention. 

Next, he entered upon his duties as the Executive Secretary of the 
Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, Monday, 
January 2, 1933. Dr. Maddry served 12 years and 4 months, from 1933 
to 1945. Early in June, 1934, he started visiting European mission fields. 
His duty was to organize the work and to induce the churches to launch 
a worthy program of self-support and to make an honest effort toward 
evangelism and expansion. 

On January 4, 1935, Mr. and Mrs. Maddry sailed from San Francisco 
on the Dollar Line, "S.S. President Johnson," for a visit of seven months 
with missions and churches in the Orient. Dr. and Mrs. J. B. Weather- 
spoon, of the Southern Baptist Seminary at Louisville accompanied them. 
Reaching Kobe on January 24, 1935, they were met by Dr. W. Harvey 
Clarks, senior missionary in Japan. 

In May, 1936, the Foreign Mission Board authorized the Executive 
Secretary to visit the missions in South America. The group consisted of 
Dr. W. C. Taylor, secretary for the work in Latin America; Mrs. Taylor 
and their twelve-year old daughter, Betty; Mrs. Maddry; and Miss Mary 
Shepherd, secretary to Dr. Taylor. They visited Brazil for six weeks, then 
Uruguay. The Republic of Uruguay is a small country, has managed to 
remain one of the most democratic and progressive states in all of South 

The next stop of their mission tour was Argentina. The principal 
cities are Buenos Aires and Rosario, with 461,688 inhabitants. The popu- 
lation of Buenos Aires was 300,371. "*-£ 

They crossed the Andes by Pan-American Airlines. They reached 
the Ibeautiful capital of Chile, Santiago, which is a city of 1,161,633 in- 
habitants. The Baptists had laid a splendid foundation in Chile. The 
domination of the Catholic Church over the masses of the population is 
slowly, but surely, being broken. 

Accompanied by Mrs. J. B. Boatwright of South Carolina, Dr. and 
Mrs. M. T. Andrews of Texas, Dr. and Mrs. Maddry sailed from New York 
on May 24, 1935. They arrived in West Africa on June 30. 

Dr. Maddry left New York on the Queen Mary in the middle of 
November, 1938, and landed at Cherbourg, France. After several days, 
he went aboard an English liner bound for Bombay, India. He sailed from 
Bombay January 5, 1939. 


On January 1, 1902, Dr. Maddry began his ministry as pastor of the 
Baptist Church in Hillsboro, the county seat of Orange County. At this 
time, there were only twenty-one members. By 1952, the church had grown 
to a membership of something over two hundred members and was able 
to pay an adequate salary together with a comfortable parsonage. 

He retired as Executive ..Secretary of Foreign Mission Board in 1945 
After retirement, Dr. Maddry became "home-sick" for the pastorate. 
He was invited to come to Hillsborough as interim pastor. Dr. Maddrj 
accepted and came with the expectation of staying a few months. He 
continued to stay here; the congregation increased, the financial con- 
tributions of the church doubled, and many new members had been 
baptized into the fellowship of the church. The church was organized on 
November 3, 1853, and in November, 1953, they celebrated the centennial. 
The new building was completed, and it was a great occasion in the 
life of the church. 

Dr. Maddry preached fifty-three years, completing the "circle," and 
finished his earthly ministry here where he began in 1901. He is the 
greatest preacher that has ever lived in Hillsborough, North Carolina. 
Died Sept. 17, 1962. Funeral Hillsborough Baptist Church, Sept. 19 1962., 
10 a.m. Buried Richmond, Va. 

,. -,7 . LA Baptist Church 

Hj j^by Captain John Berry 


Rev. S. W. Oldham was born near Chapel Hill, 1871. Studied at Olive's 
Chapel Preparatory School and studied for the minis' ry at Wake Forest 
College in 1891. Married 1898. Celebrated 64th wedding anniversary on 
Thursday, January 11, 1962. He was a supply preacher and regular pastor 
during his college days. 

First pastorate for the young couple was in the Little River Asso- 
ciation where he served two small churches. Then came a pastorate in 
Wake County where Mrs. Oldham taught school. 

He served 55 years as pastor, retiring in 1948 at age 77. Served as 
tax collector and town clerk at Star, N. C. for eight years. 

I remember when Rev. and Mrs. Oldham served in Hillsborough, 


N. C. (1916-1922). During the "flu epidemic," Rev. and Mrs. Oldham 
served the sick and did a wonderful job. Our home was near the Baptist 
Church and it was great to see a couple like these working for the 
Lord and man kind. (From: Charity and Children) (1-11-62) 

Rev. S. W. Oldham died in the year of 1962. 


Rev. Charles Augustus Caldwell was born at Maiden, North Carolina, 
on February 27, 1879. He attended school at Maiden, and attended a 
Baptist College at Maiden. Rev. Caldwell was ordained to the ministry 
in the First Baptist Church at Lincolnton, North Carolina, in August, 
1906. He served the following churches: Lincoln County; Burke County 
at Marion, North Carolina; Gaston County; Rock Hill, South Carolina; 
and Hillsborough. While in Hillsborough, he also preached at Mars Hill, 
Berry's Grove, and finally Haw River. Rev. Caldwell's wife now lives in 
Hillsborough. His daughter, Mrs. Winnie Blackwelder, also lives in Hills- 
borough, near her mother, east of town. 


Bruce Collins Cresson, born October 27, 1930, Lenoir, Caldwell County, 
North Carolina. Educated in Lenoir City Schools, graduated from Lenoir 
High School in 1948. Member of College Avenue Baptist Church, Lenoir, 
N. C. Licensed as Minister by this church in 1948. Entered Wake Forest 
College in 1948, was graduated with BA. in June, 1952. Served as Assist- 
ant Pastor, First Baptist Church, Black Mountain, N. C, summer of 1951. 

Entered Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Firest, 
N. C. in 1952, graduated with B.D. in 1955 and with Th.M. in Old Testa- 
ment Interpretation in 1956. Served as Interim Pastor of Southport 
Baptist Church, Southport, N. C, January through August, 1954. Ordained 
to Ministry, Feb., 1954 by College Ave. Baptist Church, Lenoir. Accepted 
call as Assistant Pastor of First Baptist Church, Hillsborough, N. C, 
October, 1954, and as Pastor in June, 1957. Married to Betty Joanne 
Suddreth of Lenoir, N. C, August 7, 1955. Joanna Lynn born September 4, 
1958. Resigned Hillsborough pastorate September 10, 1961 to complete 
studies for Ph.D. degree at Duke University under a Rockefeller Doctoral 

Served as Part-time Instructor in Old Testament at Southeastern 
Baptist Theological Seminary 1957-58 and 1958-59. Part-time instructor in 
Department of Religion at Duke University for Spring and Fall of 1961. 


Rev. E. Glen Holt, native of Smithfield, North Carolina. 

Graduate of Mars Hill Junior College, Wake Forest College, B.A., 
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, B.D., Postgraduate work at 
Southeastern Seminary, and graduate of School of Pastoral Care, North 
Carolina Baptist Hospital, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. 

Married to the former Joyce Smith of Selma, N. C. One child, Charles 
Mark, born Oct. 29, 1960. 

Pastorates: Pastor of Sardis and Hepzibah Churches, near Smithfield, 
N. C, while a student at the Seminary. Pastor of Grassy Creek Baptist 
Church near Oxford. Pastor of First Baptist Church, Hillsborough, since 
May 22, 1962. 


Dr. and Mrs. C. Maddry 
1901-1904 — 1951-1958 

Rev. J. R. Green 

Rev. and Mrs. S. W. Oldham 


Rev. and Mrs. S. W. Oldham 

Rev. J. R. Cantrell 

Rev. and Mrs. C. A. Caldwell 


Rev. A. K. Cheek 

Rev. and Mrs. W. W. Abernathy 

Rev. B. C. Cresson 

Rev. Glenn Holt 


Dr. J. S. Spurgeon (Dentist) 
Served Hillsboro Baptist Church 
for about 60 years in many ways. 
Served as church clerk, treasur- 
er, etc. Dentist in Hillsborough 
for 63 years. 

Mr. Julian Carr 
One of the most faithful mem- 
bers of the First Baptist Church, 
Hillsborough, N. C. 

Mr. John Clayton 
Member of the Baptit Church. 
Served as deacon for a great 

number of years 


Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Crabtree 
Mr. Crabtree — Treasurer 




By Dr. C. E. Maddry 

Some of the former members of the Hillsborough church have rend- 
ered long and devoted service in the cause of Christ. We would pay 
homage, first of all, to Mrs. William A. Graham, wife of a former gov- 
ernor, who was instrumental in the organization of the church and in the 
erection of the present buildig. When the money saved for the building 
was lost during the Civil War, Mrs. Graham sent out hundreds of letters 
to personal friends far and near; after ten years of continuous effort, 
the debt was finally paid. 

Then came church and clerk deacon James E. Jones who for many 
years served the church wi h loyalty and generosity. Parham H. Smith, 
long-time deacon, who loved his church with Christ-like devotion, was 
unsurpassed for loyalty and liberality. Certainly, we should mention 
William H. Newman, for so many years a deacon and trustee and always 
unfailing in his consecrated loyalty. Mr. and Mrs. T. B. Parker who were 
active members of the church for a decade around 1900 were the 
parents of Mrs. Maddry. Mr. Parker often led the business meetings of 
the church and was presiding officer of the church conference in 1901. 

No history of this church would be complete without a tribute to 
Dr. J. S. Spurgeon. For more than sixty years he was a member of this 
church and for sixty-three years practiced dentistry in Hillsborough. He 
was superintendent of the Sunday school, deacon, clerk and treasurer at 
various times. Mrs. Spurgeon is one of the two persons now members 
of the church when Dr. Maddry came here fifty-three years ago; the other 
one is Mrs. Charles E. Maddry. 

In later years we s^uld pay tribute to Mr. and Mrs. Gary W. Lloyd, 
Mr. and Mrs. M. P. Lloyd and Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Lloyd. These three 
families with their children have rendered unfailing service to the church. 
Four of the senior deacons who are honored for their long service are: 
Deacon W. Henry Walker who has served for many years as chairman 
fo the Board of Deacons; Mrs. Walker has been a faithful leader in every 
phase of the life of the church. Mr. Julian S. Carr, a long-time deacon, 
has always been generous with his means and, until poor health pre- 
vented, was constant in attendance upon all the church services. A. J. 
and Olivia Lloyd Snipes are also steadfast workers in the church. 

Mr. and Mrs. Bun Turner have been faithful and steadfast workers 
in the church. One who should be mentioned for his long service to his 
church is Marsall L, Cates, a constant attendant, a generous supporter 
and a loyal follower of his pastor. Mr. and Mrs. John Clayton are long- 
time members who are still rendering valuable services. 


Mr. and Mrs. Bunn Turner, Sr., long time members of the Baptist Church. 
Mr. Turner was a member of the board of deacons for a great number 

of years. 

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Walker. Mr. Walker served for many years as chair- 
man of the Board of Deacons. Mrs. Walker has been a faithful leader in 
every phase of the life of the Church. 


Thomas E. Sparrow, Sheriff of 
Orange County, 1920. Hillsbor- 
ough Postmaster Dec. 4, 1922 to 
Oct. 4, 1929. Member Eagle Lodge 
No. 19. Active Church worker. 

M. L. Cates, Sr., member of the 
Baptist Church for about 40 years. 
Served as deacon for a great num- 
ber of years. A good church work- 








Mount Bright Baptist Church — 1906. The land was given by the widow 
of the Honorable William H. Graham, Governor of North Carolina, 1845. 




Written by Rev. Fred J. Boddie, Jr. 

In the days when American transportation was in its covered wagon 
and stage coach era, its continued westward march, and emancipation 
of slaves, a certain portion of Colored citizenship in the little Revolu- 
tionary town of Hillsborough, N. C. found itself face to face with real 
religious freedom for the first time. 

Realizing this, it was in the year 1866 that a local church group was 
organized, and later became known as the Mount Bright Baptist Church. 

Mount Bright Baptist Church was named in honor of its first pastor, 
the Rev. Alfred E. Bright. 

One of its first meeting places was in a home not more than 300 
yards from its present structure. This was the home of the late Brother 
Louis Jenkins. Perhaps it is better known today as the Hattie Latta place. 
Another meeting place was the Old Fellows Hall, now known as the 
Community Center. Meetings were held in this building after the original 
church structure burned in 1903. 

The present site was given to the group by the widow of the Hon- 
orable William A. Graham, Governor of North Carolina, 1845. 

The church was erected on the present site in 1906. 

The Mount Bright Baptist Church has been served by many outstand- 
ing church leaders. Their pastorates range in the following order: 

The Rev. Alfred Bright. 

The Rev. Robert Shepherd, Oxford, N. C. 

The Rev. Augustus Shepherd, Oxford, N. C. (this Rev. Shepherd was 
married to the former Miss Pattie Whitted. This couple were the parents 
of the late Dr. James E. Shepherd, educator and founder of North Caro- 
lina College at Durham). 

The Rev. Snyder. 

The Rev. Burrell 

The. Rev. Davis, Shaw University, Raleigh, N. C. 

The Rev. Edwards. 

The Rev. Perry — Instructor, Shaw University, Raleigh, N. C. 

The Rev. Caldwell, Chapel Hill, N. C. 

The Rev. Alvis Whitted, Sr., Hillsborough (father of Alvis Whitted, Jr.) 

The Rev. Vinson — Shaw University, Raleigh, N. C. 

The Rev. Worlds 

The Rev. Thomas — Missionary to Liberia, Africa. 

The Rev. J. H. Moore, Clarkton, N. C. 

The Rev. Watkins — Shaw University, Raleigh, N. C. 

The Rev. Pope — Durham, N. C. 

The Rev. Donnell — Greensboro, N. C. 

The Rev. Tabron — Durham, N. C. 

The Rev. A. B. Johnson — Raleigh, N. C. 

The Rev. B. B. Felder— Columbia, S. C. 

The Rev. P. H. Warren, Jr., A.B. Shaw University; Goldsboro, N. C. 

The Rev. F. J. Boddie, Jr., A.B. Shaw University, B.D. Shaw Univer- 
sity Divinity School and a native of Petersburg, Virginia. (Pastor until 

The Rev. Howe B. Perry, D.D., 1962. 

Rev. Alonzo Bernard Johnson, Rev. F. J. Boddie, pastor of the 
pastor of the Baptist Church for Baptist Church, Hillsborough, N. 
about 25 years. C, 1961. 




A native of Petersburg, Virginia. Graduate of Peabody High School 
serving as president of his class. Prior to his pastorate at the Historic 
Mount Bright Baptist Church he served as the assistant pastor of the 
Tabernacle Baptist Church, Petersburg, Va., where his father, Dr. Fred 
J. Boddie is pastor. 

Received the Bachelor of Arts Degree from Shaw University, Raleigh, 
North Carolina — Listed in the 1957-58 edition of Who's Who Among Stu- 
dents in American Universities and Colleges. Also served as the president 
of the student body. 

Received the Bachelor of Divinity Degree from Shaw University 
School, Raleigh, N. C. 

Member of the Executive Board of the Hampton Interdenominational 
Ministerial Conference, Hampton Institute, Hampton, Va. 

Member of the Executive Board of the Voice Commission, the Na- 
tional Publication of the National Baptist Convention, U. S. A., Inc. 

Under his three years administration at this church, the first elec- 
tronic organ has been purchased, centralized budget and tithing system 
instituted, purchasing of the Ellison home lot for the first church par- 
sonage which is now under construction, and the church is now on a 
full time schedule. 


Rev. Howe B. Perry was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts March 

13, 1908. He was educated in the public school of Cambridge. 

He attended the Bible School of the Christian Missionary Alliance; 

and received his B.D. from Gordan's College of Boston, Mass. A few 

years ago he received a D.D. from Miller's University, Philadelphia, Pa. 

Before coming to Hillsborough, N. C. Mount Bright Baptist Church, 
he served the Church of the Messiah, Boston; Western Avenue Baptist 
Church, Cambridge; Union Baptist Church, Fawtucket, R. I., and the 
Second Baptist Church, Long Island, N. Y. He is married to the former 
Mamie McClendon of South Carolina and the father of Dorice, Edwin, 
Calvin, and Cora. 





C. W. Whitted, Chairman 

Shepard Baine 

W. W. Faribault (Superintendent 

of Sunday School) 
H. S. Jones 

Ed Whitted (Clerk of the Church) 

Edmond Baine, Sr. 
Edmond Baine, Jr. 
Frank Baine 
William Baine 
Nathaniel Brooks 
Albert Browder, Jr. 
James Brown 
Traves Brown 
L. B. Brown 
M. C. Burt, Sr. 
M. C. Burt, Jr. 
Ivan Carroll 
Gregory Chavious 
Tarleton Davis 
Kenneth De Lon 
Luther De Lon 

Lindsy Price 
C. W. Rainey, Sr. 
Charles Rainey, Jr. 
William Richards 
Clarence Ringer 
Tommie Robinson 
Harry Satterfield 
Bennie Satterfield 
Haywood Satterfield 
Thomas Shanklin 
Richard Simpson 
S. N. Shelton 
Charlie Tate 
Linwood Torain 
William Torain 
Alfred Walker 
Nocho Walker 
Kennard Walton 
Franklin Washington 
J. H. Wells, Sr. 
J. H. Wells, Jr. 
Lonnie Wells 
Frank Wells 


W. W. Faribault, Sr. 
W. W. Faribault, Jr. 
Hardin Fuller 
Rev. Allen Gattis 
Rev. Melvin Gattis 
Moses Gattis 
Ralph Gattis 
Walter Gattis 
Daniel Grady 
Thomas Grady 
William Grady 
Douglas Hester 
Marvin Holt 
Weldon Holt 
Andrew Johnson 
Joseph Johnson 
William Johnson 
Claborn Jones 
Lisbon Jones 
H. S. Jones 
McKinley Jones 
Willaim Arthur Jones 
Major Jones, Sr. 
Major Jones, Jr. 
Adolphus Kirkland 
Rev. Hampton Long 
Bobbie Mayo 
George Mayo 
John C. Mayo 
Walter Mayo 
Rev. A. L. McCullers 
Archie McCullers 
Michael Rainey 
Charles McCullers 
Earl McCoy 
Walter McCauley 
Finley Parker 
Ernestine Price 
Nathaniel Wells 
Joseph Wells 
Thomas Wells 
C. W. Whitted, Jr. 
Dempsey Whitted 
George E. Whitted 
Richard Whitted 
Mitchell Whitted 
Frederick Wilson 
James Wilson 
Cynthia Alston 
Joan Alston 

Josephine Alston 
Josephine Alston II 
Mamie Alston 
Mary Anna Alston 
Be' tie Anderson 
Elizabeth Anderson 
Helen Anderson 
Nannie Anderson 
Julia Baine 
Maggie Baine 
Jessie Benton 
Cleophas Browder 
Ethel Lee Brown 
A. A. Burt 
Ann Burt 
Audrey Burt 
Portia Burt 
Josephine Carroll 
Edna Chavious 
Helen Chavious 
Doris Chavious 
Mozelle Chavious 
Alberta Cooper 
Bonnie Davis 
Annie De Lon 
Margaret Faribault 
Christine Faucette 
Helen Fleming 
Emma Lee Garner 
Alma Gattis 
Majorie Gattis 
Gladys Gattis 
Ethel Goldsby 
Creola Grady 
Alner Greene 
Grace Harris 
Bernice Hester 
Dorothy L. Holt 
Kate Jenkins 
Bessie Johnson 
Elizabeth Johson 
Laura Johnson 
Mary E. Johnson 
Mattie Johnson 
Beulah Johnson 
Bettie Jones 
Blanche Jones 
Fannie Mae Jones 
Fannie Jones 
Katherine Jones 


Margaret E. Jones 
Rebecca Jones 
Nancy Jones 
Hattie Kirkland 
Helen Kirkland 
Cynthia Long 
Martha Long 
Ruth Long 
Eleanor Mayo 
Pauline Mayo 
Thelma S. Mayo 
Pauline McCullers 
Fannie Mitchell 
Fannie Mae Nelson 
Geneva Nichols 
Ruth Parker 
Bertha Payne 
Hazel Payne 
Julia Paige 
Earl Pratt 
Frances Price 
Mary Price 
Annie B. Rainey 
Constance Rainey 
Elizabeth Rainey 
Rebecca Ringer 
Mable Satterfield 

Magnolia Satterfield 
Margaret Shanklin 
Geneva Satterfield 
Mildred Shelton 
Delores Simpson 
Pernelipa Simpson 
Maggie Smith 
Cheryll Trice 
Gloria Tate 
Gwendolyn Trice 
Bernice Underwood 
Hazeline Torain 
Emma Walker 
Dorothy Walker 
Juanita Walker 
Bertha Walton 
Copeane Walton 
Addie Lee Walton 
Henrietta Wells 
Doris White 
Alice Wilson 
Constance Wilson 
Mamie Wilson 
Ethel Whitted 
Delores Ann Whitted 
Margie Whitted 
Rosa Whitted 



Born Nov. 22, 1873. Member of 
Church for 50 years. Deacon 
for eight years. Oldest living 
member. He has been a good 
brick mason. 



Member of the Baptist Church. 


Henderson Washington Jones, son of the late Issac and Charlotte F. 
Jones, was born in Orange County on Aug. 30, 1881. He departed his life 
on June 8, 1959, after being in declining health for about two years. He 
was critically ill for about three weeks. 

On Oct. 1, 1908, he was joined in Holy Matrmony to Miss Betty Dur- 
ham. To this union ten children were born. 

A resident of this community for more than half a century, his con- 
tributions to the civic and religious life of Hillsboro has been far-reaching. 

He was chairman of the Deacon Board of Mount Bright Baptist Church 
for many years; he was a retired Sunday School teacher. He was a Past 
Master of the Prince Hall Masonic Lodge No. 28, of Durham, N. C. 


'^j&'MffgtagapJIpt Church 1947 . Memb er Bao^ t , Church. 






Pastor 1961 



DICKERSON'S CHAPEL A. M. E. CHURCH — The church was 

the old courthouse. It was moved to this location around 1844. 

First was owned by the Baptists. 



The Dickerson's Chapel was organized in 1851. Job Berry and Rev. 
Billy Payne helped organize this church. It was remodeled in 1891 and 
again in 1947. It was first the courthouse of Orange County. In 1845, 
Rev. Elias Dodson, white Baptist preacher, bought the old courthouse and 
moved it up the street to the corner of Churton and Queen Streets. This 
became the First Baptist Church of Hillsborough. The Baptist Church was 
organized in this building on November 19, 1953. The sermon was preached 
by Rev. T. W. Toby. 

The Baptist Church sold the house and the lot of Churton and Queen 
Streets in 1862 to George Bishop. George Bishop sold it to Ellerton P. 
Morris, Antony M. Krinton, and Richard Cadberry of Philadelphia for the 
sum of twelve hundred dollars. These men are designed as "friends of the 
colored free man" of Hillsborough. 

In the early existence, it was used as a school for colored children 
and taught by Quakers from Pennsylvania. Later the Northern Quakers 
gave it up, and the building became a public school. The school building 
was sold later to the members of Dickerson's Chapel, 1886. Rev. Job 
Berry was the first pastor of this church. He was pastor before they 
bought the church building. 

One of the oldest members of Dickerson's Chapel is Willis Lipscomb. 
Another old member is Gaither Collins. Gaither Collins has been one of 
the most faithful members this church has ever had. All through the 
years, Gaither has helped do the janitor work and any other job that was 
to be done. A member of any church should have the right to serve as he 
sees fit. Some members sing in choir, some teach Sunday School classes, 
and some love to do the janitor work. Whatever a member is suited to 
do, only the "Lord" has the right to say what each one can do. 

The trustees at time the church was bought were: Sam Whitted, Bill 
Ellison, Jim Thompson, Jim Nichols, Frank Turrentine, Charles Daye, J. 
Hooker, and J. T. Wallace. 
Pastors were as follows: 

Rev. Job Berry (Great Grandfather of James L. Davis Jr.) 

Rev. Wilson 

Rev. Jordan 

Rev. George Hunter 

Rev. William Hunter 

Rev. Falmer 

Rev. Robinson 

Rev. Crowder 

Rev. Wilson 

Rev. Hunter 

Rev. G. S. Grant 

Rev. A. J. Holman 

Rev. J. R. Bridges (Pastor during the Orange County 
Bicentennial Celebration) 

Rev. A. W. Jones 

Rev. P. 0. James 

Rev. J. S. T. Decker 

Rev. A. J. Holman — Present pastor (Second Time) 


This church was the third courthouse of Orange County, built in the 
year 1790. It was used as the courthouse until the year 1844. The building 
of the third courthouse (second district courthouse) was authorized by the 
legislature in 1790. 

The following is the deed to the Dickerson's Chapel: 
Ellison P. Morris 
Anthony M. Kimbro 

Richard Codberry to Charles Day, Jordan Hooker, Franklin Turrentine, 
George Washington Daye, and Josephine Thomas Wallace. This indenture 
made and executed 28th. day of January, 1886 between E. P. Morris, A. M. 
Kimbro, and R. Codberry all of the City of Philadelphit and State of 
Pennsylvania Trustee for and on behalf of the association of Friends of 
Philadelphia and Victory for the relief of Colored Freedman of the one 
part and Charles Daye, Jordan Hooker, Franklin W. Daye, and J. T. Wal- 
lace, Trustee of the African Methodist Episcopal Church of Hillsborough, 
Orange Co., State of North Carolina. The sum of eight-hundred dollars 
was paid for the land. 

All that certain piece or parcel of land situated in Town of Hills- 
borough, Orange County, and State of N. C. being one half of % of an 
acre more or less and known in the plan of said town as part of lot 
No. 80., being the lot known as the old Baptist Church lot (white), being 
the same premises which George Bishop by indenture dated the fifth day 
of June, Sixth month, 1866, and registered in the Register's office of — 
Orange Co., N. C. in Book L. Pages No. 329 to 330. July 23rd., 1929. (C. H. 
Jones — Deed Book 65 at page 350.) 


Rev. A. J. Holman is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Brady Holman of 
Pomaria, South Carolina. The oldest of twelve children, he was born in 
Newberry County. He attended Mt. Hebron Elementary School and grad- 
uated from Drayton Street High School at Newberry, South Carolina. 

He also attended Allen University and Dickerson's Theological Sem- 
inary at Columbia, South Carolina. 

He began his ministry at the age of 16. Being an ordained minister as 
Itinerant Deacon and Elder of the A. M. E. Church, he has held pastorates 
in Newberry, Richland, and Fairfield Counties of South Carolina and Scot- 
land, Person, and Orange Counties of North Carolina. 

A pastor for 31 years, he now holds the pastorate of the Hillsborough 
circuit Mt. Zion and Dickerson's Chapel of Hillsborough, North Carolina. 

He now holds positions as Past Worthy Chief and Special Deputy of 
Pinnix Council 1701 of the St. Luke Lodge, Hillsborough, North Carolina. 

Member of Prince Hall Masonic Lodge 460, Durham, N. C. 

Worshipful Master of St. James Masonic Lodge 494, Hillsborough, 
N. C. 

Member of the Consistony No. 218, Durham, N. C. 
Member of ZAFA Temple 176 Shriners, Durham, N. C. 
Director of Boy Scout Unit of Hillsborough, N. C. 
He is married and has one son. 


Pastor of Dickerson's Chapel 
A.M.E. for eight years. 


Rev. P. O. James was born in Magnolia, N. C. He received his high 
school education at Wiiliston High School in Wilmington, North Carolina. 

He attended the University at Johnson C. Smith, Charlotte, North 

He pastored in Wilmington, N. C; Reidsville, N. C;. Liberty, N. C; 
Charlotte, N. C. for 9 years; Hillsboro for 8 years, where he brick veneer- 
ed two churches — Dickerson's Chapel and Mt. Zion A. M. E. Church. He 
was an outstanding leader in the county of Orange among the members 
of both races. 

Rev. P. O. James is now pastoring in Durham, N. C. at the Emmanual 
A. M. E. Church, where he plans to improve, build, and work for the 
advancement of God's kingdom. 





Mable Chavious 
M. V. Chavious 
J. G. Collins 
Edgar Collins 
Mary C. Collins 
Navain Carthcart 
Tonye Carthcart 
Earvin Davis 
J. L. Davis 
Marie Davis 
Annie Daye 
Harold Daye 
Peggy P. Drew 
Alice Faucette 
Edd Nash Faucette 
Gertrude Faucette 
M. H. Faucette 
Mary Faucette 
Wilber Faucette 
William Faucette 
Georgiana Foust 
Dora Fuller 
Laura C. Gentry 
Gladys Howard 
Elsie Jeffries 
Effie Jones 
Mable Jones 
Marie Jones 
M. L. Latta 
Marilyn Long 
Carine Mayo 
Clarence Mayo 
Joseph Mayo 
Myrtle T. Mayo 
Andrew S. Morrow 
Edna Morrow 
Eliza Morrow 

Rosiland Morrow 
Marie McBroom 
William McBroom 
Mariah G. McPherson 
David McPherson 
Merinda McPherson 
William E. McPherson 
Marie H. Murfree 
Alice Payne 
Clarence Payne 
Elsie Payne 
Jessie Payne 
Mable Payne 
Solomon Payne 
Christine Pherribo 
Beulah Ray 
Clarence Ray 
Laura E. Robinson 
Gladys Satterfield 
Burlie Simpson 
A. L. Stanback 
C. C. Stanback 
Ester Thompson 
Elizabeth Walker 
L. W. Walker 
Ruth Walker 
Fannie Warner 
Roosevelt Warner 
Effie K. Wilson 
Eliza Wilson 
Eugene Wilson 
Minerva Wilson 
A. 0. Whitted 
Irene Whitted 
Nettie Whitted 
Rev. A. J. Holman 
Mrs. Lucille Holman 
Margaret Mayo 







The Anglican Communion that are known throughout the world are: 
The Anglican Church of Canada; The Church of Ireland; The Episcopal 
Church in Scotland; The Church of India, Pakistan, Burma, and Ceylon, 

The Episcopal Church is part of Christ's Church. As such it has a 
continuous and unbroken existence since the founding of the Church by 
Christ. It is a part of the Anglican Communion, one of the great branches 
of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. It was brought to 
American shores as the Church of England, by the early colonists and 
settlers. Subsequently, as the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United 
States, it has made only such modifications in its liturgy and practices as 
seemed necessary to life in the new nation. 

Thus it is a Church that remains both Catholic and Apostolic; Catholic 
in standing for the wholeness of the faith and life of the Christian com- 
munity, Apostolic because it continues in the unbroken fellowship of the 
Church since Apostolic times. 



The land given by Chief Justice Thomas Ruffin. 

When the church was first built it did not have a steeple. 

The Church of England in Australia and Tasmania. (From: The National 
Council, Episcopal Church, New York 10, N. Y.) 

The chief ornaments of the Church are the Font, which is used in 
the administration of Holy Baptism, and the Altar, which serves for the 
celebration of the Holy Communion. To these may be added the pulpit, 
and the seats in the chancel for the choir. 

The Font is generally placed near the door to show the Baptism is 
the "door" by which we enter into the fold of Christ's Church. 

The Altar is generally placed at the east end of the Church, in token 
that Christ is the Sun of Righteousness, for which reason it has ever 


been the custom of the Church to worship toward the point where the 

sun rises. 

(From: The Prayer Book Reason Why — by the Rev. Nelson R. Boss, M. A.) 


An "Episcopalian" is a member of an American religious organization 
officially known as the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States 
of America. It is the self-governing American branch of the Anglican 
Communion, and was the first church to be founded in the newly formed 
American colonies. 

At first it had little following except in Virginia and Maryland, where 
it was the established church. There was no colonial bishop, and the 
Revolutionary War caused serious setbacks. But in 1789 the Church be- 
came an independent body with its own bishops. A constitution was 
framed which provided for a General Convention made up of a House of 
Bishops and a House of Clerical and Lay Deputies. At the same time the 
Prayer Book was revised to suit American needs in matters of discipline 
and worship. After 1800 the Church began to develop Sunday schools, 
theological seminaries, missionary societies, and other institutions. A period 
of rapid growth began after 1830, and an active missionary policy was 
adopted by the General Convention of 1835. The Oxford Movement in 
England strongly affected the Church after 1840. 

The Episcopal Church was the only church which was not divided for 
a long time by the War between the But in the following decades 
the Ritual Controversy and the Broad Church movement influenced both 
th Evangelicals and the High Churchmen. Some followers formed the 
Reformed Episcopal Church (1874). 

(From: The World Book Encyclopedia) 
The Revolution almost destroyed the colonial Church of England. 
Under special oath of allegiance to the King, the clergy either fled to 
England or Canada, or remained as Loyalists in the colonies. At the war's 
end there was no episcopacy, no association of churches, not even the 
semblance of an establishment. Few thought of any future for this church, 
which suffered more than any other in the colonies. It was slow becoming 
re-established as the Protestant Episcopal Church. As late as 1817, when 
the Diocese of North Carolina was established, it contained only three 
clergymen and less than two hundred communicants. 

The Protestant Episcopal Church constitutes "the self-governing 
American branch of the Anglican Communion"; for a century and a half 
in this country it bore the name of the Church of England. 

The Episcopal form of government, closely parallels that of the Fed- 
eral government. The basic unit is the parish, governed by the rector, 
or priest; wardens, who have charge of the church's records and the col- 
lection of alms; and vestrymen who have charge of all church property. 
Parishes are grouped into dioceses. 

St. Matthew's Episcopal Church dates back to the period before the 
American Revolution when the town was the colonial capital of the colony 
of North Carolina. 

The church was built in 1766 by the Episcopalians under the charge 
of the Reverend George Micklejohn, appointed to the parish by Governor 


Tryon. It was built on the corner of Churton and Tryon Streets, where 
the library now stands. 

After the Rev. Micklejohn, there are no records that the parish had 
a resident minister, and the church and grounds passd to the Presby- 
terians. On August 24, 1824, the Episcopalians again organized and 
founded the present church on a land-grant given by Chief Justice Thomas 
Ruffin. The following signed the first record: Cameron, Ruffin, Turner, 
Norwood, Cain, Anderson, and Latta. 

The first rector of St. Matthew's Church (1824) was Rev. William 
Mercer Green. The church is located on a rounded hill on the east side 
of town. It is surrounded by a beautiful grove of trees. 

There are monuments in the Episcopal Churchyard to the memory 
of the ancestors of famous families that lived in Hillsboro. The names 
are as follows: Cameron, Ruffin, Webbs, Graham, Roulhacs, Waddells, 
Gowers, Hills, Curtises, Cains, Cushman, and others. The bell in the 
church steeple was given by Mrs. Mary Curtis. It was rung for the first 
service on Easter Day, 1878, and it has inscribed on it the following: "To 
the glory of God, and in memoriam; John Henry Curtis, and other soldiers 
of the Orange Light Artillery, N. C. T., who fell in the service of the 
Confederate States." 

The During was erected in 1824 ana seats 150; the present member- 
ship of the church is 86; the Rector is The Rev. Lauton Pettit. 
Clergy List of the Episcopal Church 

Mr. Green was with the church from 1832 until 1838. He moved to 
Chapel Hill in 1838. He made a formal request of the vestry that at his 
death, his body be buried in St. Matthew's Church graveyard. His request 
was granted. In 1850 he was consecrated the 1st Bishop of Mississippi. 

Rev. Henry H. Pront came to the church in 1838. 

Rev. Moses Ashley Curtis was a native of Massachusetts, and came to 
North Carolina as a teacher. He married in Wilmington, Miss Mary De- 
Rossett. He was a minister at Washington, North Carolina, for a short 
time and head of the Episcopal Academy in Raleigh. But in Hillsboro he 
formed his real place and life-work. Dr. Curtis was a great original 
authority in certain branches of Botany, known the world over as such. 
He also was a skillful musician, and under his influence and instruc- 
tion, the music in the parish church was such as was hardly to be heard 
in other churches. Dr. Curtis removed to Society Hill, South Carolina, in 
1847, but in 1857, his name appeared again in the Diocesan clergy list of 
the Episcopal Church. 

In 1848 the Reverend James B. Connelly took charge of the parish and 
died the latter part of 1855. He was an earnest and devout man. 

Dr. Curtis died April 10, 1872, and was succeeded by his son, the 
Rev. Charles Jones Curtis. Having been ordained to the Priesthood on 
December 14, 1873, he became rector, and served until his resignation on 
July 24, 1880. 

Rev. Joseph W. Murphy served the church from 1881 until 1892. 

Rev. Benjamin McKenzie came to the church in 1892 and stayed until 

The Rev. Samuel Paxon Watters was with the church from 1897 until 
1912. Mrs. Watters was an invalid the greater part of her time in Hills- 


borough, and yet she was one of the most effective and useful women in 
the Diocese. 

The Rev. Alfred S. Lawrence served from 1912 until 1917. 

The Rev. William D. Benton was rector of the parish for 16 years, 
from 1917 until 1933. 

Rectors of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church since Dr. Ben + on: 
The Rev. John Q. Beckwith (1934-1937) 
The Rev. James D. Beckwith (1938-1941) 
The Rev. Robert C. Masterton (1942-1952) 

The Rev. Lauton Pettit (1954 ) 

Moved to New York City when very young. Attended S. John's 
Military School, Manlius, N. Y. (Now called Manlius School) 

Graduated from Trinity School, New York City. Graduated from 
Columbia University. Worked for two years in Spring Street Settlement 
House, New York City. Attended Union Seminary, New York. Graduated 
from Berkeley Seminary, New Haven, Conn. 

Ordained Deacon by Bishop Greer of New York. Ordained Priest by 
Bishop Greer of New York. Took charge of St. Augustine's Mission in 
New York. 

Rector of Calvary Church, Burnt Hills, N. Y.; Rector of St. James' 
Church, Lake George, N. Y.; Rector of St. Peters Church, Delaware, Ohio; 
Rector of Trinity Church, Lumberton, N. C; Rector of The Church of the 
Advent, Washington, D. C; Rector of Grace Church, Alexandria Va.; Rec- 
tor of St. Matthews Church, Hillsboro, N. C. 

Retired, living in Chapel Hill, N. C. 


(Biographical sketch of Lauton Pettit) 

Born January 11, 1915 in Lockport, N. Y., the son of Glenn L. and 
Eleanor A. Pettit. Graduated from Lockport High School in 1931. Gradu- 
ated from Hobart College in Geneva, N. Y. in 1936 with an A.B. degree. 
While in college he earned his letter as manager of the Lacrosse team, 
was President of the International Relations Club, was President of the 
Student Christian Association and a member of Delta Psi Omega frat^r : ty. 

Upon graduation from college he accepted a job in the Production 
Department of United Fruit Co. in Boston, Mass. where he worked for 
three years. He entered Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, Va. 
in 1939 and graduated in 1942 with a B.D. degree. 

He was ordained in the Ministry of the Episcopal Church on June 
14th, 1942 in Grace Church, Lockport, N. Y. After 6 months, he was 
ordained Priest on December 17th, 1942 in St. John's Church in Buffalo, 
N. Y. where he remained as Curate until 1944. On June 24th 1944 he 
married Ellen Sheffield Patman of Rochester, N. Y., a graduate of the 
University of Rochester and a Director of Religious Education in St. James 
Church, Batavia, N. Y. From 1944 to 1947 Mr. Pettit was priest-in-charge 
of five churches in the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia. The Rectory 
was in Norton, Va. In 1947, Mr. Pettit accepted a call to become Rector 
of St. John's Church in Halifax, Va. where he remained until 1954. In 
1954 he became Rector of St. Matthews Church in Hillsborough, N. C. 
In Hillsborough, Mr. Pettit has been active in the Lions Club, Exchange 


Club, and has served as Master of Eagle Lodge No. 19 A.F.&A.M. for the 
year 1961. The Pettits have two children, Elizabeth Anne, and Lauton 
Whitlock II. 


The wardens elected in 1824 were Francis L. Hawks, Senior Warden, 
and William Norwood, Junior Warden. 

The regular unbroken record began in 1838 with William Cain, Joseph 
C. Norwood, Priestly H. Mangum, Andrew McKee, Cadwalader Jones, 
Henry K. Nash, James Webb, Thomas B. Hill, D. Heyward Hamilton, John 
W. Graham, and William A. Hayes. 

Organization of St. Matthew's Church, Hillsborough, August 23, 1824 

Membership: Eliza Estes, Mary P. Ashe, Elizabeth Ashe, Mary R. 
Anderson, Sally Grove, William Norwood, Ann Ruffin, P. R. Anderson, 
Ann O. Cameron, Elizabeth Norwood, Thomas Ruffin, Walker Anderson, 
Josiah Turner, Emily Hawks, Stephen Moore, John Latta, William Cain, 
Jr., Thomas Carney, William Bary Grove, W. E. Andrews, Robina Nor- 
wood, Thomas J. Taddie, Benjamin B. Blum, Elizabeth Latta, Francis L. 
Hawks, Ellen Latta, N. Hoston, and Catherine Hoston. 

At the evening service of the 100th anniversary of the organization 
of the Episcopal Church, Hillsborough, was as follows: two great-great- 
grandaughters of Chief Justice Ruffin, who gave the valuable site where 
now stands the church and rectory, were present. The speakers were 
Arch-deacon Bethea, Mr. Samuel S. Nash of Tarboro, and Mr. Heyward 
Hamilton of Baltimore. The music was under the direction of Mrs. Wil- 
liam D. Benton. Mrs. A. H. Graham helped with the choir. 


By The Rev. L. W. Pettit. 

Rector's Chair (south side of altar) In memory of S.M.M. (Sarah Mary 
Matthews Murphy) given by her husband, sons and daughter May 20, 1885. 

Font Cover of polished brass and chestnut is "a thank offering for 
a great mercy". 

The Bible was presented by Mrs. Wm. L. DeRosset and other of family 
and friends as an Easter offering — Easter 1885. 

Altar and reredos in memory of Faul C. Cameron, Miss Rebecca Gra- 
ham and Miss Pauline Sheppard given by Miss Mildred C. Cameron. (1892). 

At Christmas of 1892 — a brass altar rail in memory of Miss Mildred 
Cameron — given by Miss Margaret Mordecae. 

The Oak Litany Desk was given at Christmas 1895 by Miss Anne i^hou- 
Iac in memory of her neice Katherine R. Hamilton. 

The Brass Alms Basin given in 1900 in loving memory of Rev. Joseph 
W. Murphy by Dr. Samuel W. Murphy, his brother and Mrs. Walter E. 
Stumph, his daughter. 

The Hymn Board was given by Katherine Roulhac Hamilton — "to 
the greater praise and glory of God." 

The Pulpit — in loving memory of Anne Cameron (6-3-14 — 5-29-97). 

The Font — In Memoriam to Rev. M. A. Curtis and five children. 

The Altar Desk — in memory of Frances Gray Hamilton — 1897. 

The Candle Sticks— Allan Jones Cameron 1852-1930. 

The Cross — in memory of M. R. Gwynn — Feb. 21, 1877. 


The Bishops Chair (north side of altar) In memory of A. M. R. — Oct. 
28, 1875. 

North Windows: 

1. Sally Nash Ruffin Gwynn 1836 1879 — Martha P. Ruff in 1831-1896. 

2. Mary Rebecca Ruffin (1.822-1878) and her daughter Rebecca Edwards 
Webb '46-'89. 

3. James Webb (Senior Warden) (1816-1897) His wife (Sarah Frances 
Cheshire (1822-1891) and their children. 

South Windows 

1. Paul Carrington Cameron (1892-1895) 

2. Rev. Moses Ashley Curtis died April 10, 1872, aged 64 years. Rec- 
tor of St. Matthews for 21 years. 


























THOMAS RUFFIN (By Francis Nash) 

The first born of Sterling Ruffin and Alice Roane. Born at Newing- 
ton, King and Queen County, Virginia, November 17, 1787. Died at Hills- 
boro, Orange County, North Carolina, January 15, 1870. Graduated at Nas- 
sau Hall, Princeton, New Jersey, 1805. Admitted to the Bar in North 
Carolina in 1808. Intermarried with Anne M. Kirkland December 9, 1809. 
A member of the State Legislature, Speaker of the House of Commons; 
a trustee of the University; twice Judge of the Superior Court; in 1829, 
Justice of the Supreme Court, in which he presided for 19 years a Chief 

"A man resolved and steady to his trust, inflexible to ill and obstin- 
















































ately just.' This is the inscription upon Judge Ruf fin's tomb in St. Mat- 
thew's churchyard at Hillsboro — his life in epitome. 

His* early boyhood was passed on the farm of his father, in Essex, 
and attended schools in the vicinity. Later he was sent to the classical 
academy of Mr. Marcus George, in Warrenton, North Carolina. 

He went from the academy to Princeton, graduated in 1805. After 
graduating, he studied law under David Robertson, E&q., at Petersburg, 
Va. In 1807, his father having removed to Rockingham County, North 
Carolina, he ,too, came to this state and finished his studies under Judge 
Murphy. He was admitted to the bar in 1808, and located in Hillsboro 
for the practice of his profession June 7, 1809. 

Judge Ruffin's father was an ardent Methodist, becoming a preacher 
of that denomination late in life. His fortune becoming impaired, he 
removed to Rockingham County, North Carolina, in 1807. 

About 1790, there came a young Scotchman, William Kirkland, from 
Ayrshire, Scotland, to Hillsboro, to engage in mercantile pursuits. On 
the eve of Christmas, 1792, he married Miss Margaret B. Scott, and 
the following year, 1793, their oldest child, Anne, was born. In 1799, 
he purchased the old Tew homestead and lived there the remainder of 
his life. Judge Ruffin married Anne Kirkland December 7, 1809. 

On January 3, 1811, Thomas Ruffin purchased 43 acres of land 
adjoining the town of Hillsborough on the east side. They built a house 
near by, and there the young couple lived through the few first years 
of stint and poverty. 

Judge Ruffin, about 1820, donated the site whereon St. Matthew's 
Episcopal Church and churchyard is now located. The church was erected 
in 1824 on or very near the spot where the romance of his life had com- 
menced, and the land was donated as a memorial of that event and a 
thanks offering to God for the blessings it had brought in its train. 
Fourteen children were born to this couple, and only one died under 

He was great as a lawyer, great as a judge, great as a fiancier, great 
as a farmer — a rugged, indomitable soul in a frame of iron, made to 
conquer, and conquering every difficulty on every side. 

For more than forty years a communicant in the Protestant Episco- 
pal Church, he was one of its most active members in the State, and 
more than once represented the Diocese in the Triennial Conventions 
of the Union. 

During his life, he was a devoted church worker. As you come out 
of the Episcopal Church, you will see a bronze plaque on the right 
door with his name inscribed. This was placed there in memory of his 
outstanding work he did in the Episcopal Chuch. North Carolina recog- 
nizes Thomas Ruffin as her greatest jurist before the Civil War. 

He was succeeded by Frederick Nash of Hillsborough, who served 
as Chief Justice until his death in 1858. 

(From: The Papers of Thomas Ruffin by J. G. deRoulhac Hamilton) 



1787 Nov. 17 — Born at "Newington," King and Queen County,. Va. 

1801-1803 — Student at Warrenton Academy, N. C. 

1803 — Entered Junior Class at Nassau Hall, Princeton, N. J. 

1805 Sept. 26 — Received degree of A.B. from Princeton. 

1806-1807— Law Student at Petersburg, Va. 

1807— Moved to "Oakland," N. C. 

1807-1808 — Law Student (under Archibald Murphy). 

1808— Admitted to the Bar. 

1809 June 9— Moved to Hillsborough, N. C. 

Dec. 9 — Married to Anne Kirkland of Hillsborough, N. C. 
1813 — Member of the House of Commons for the borough of Hillsborough. 
1815 — Member of the House of Commons for the borough of Hillsborough. 
1816 — Presidential elector of Monroe ticket. 

Member of House of Commons. 

Speaker of House of Commons. 

December 16 — Elected judge of the Superior Court. 
1818 Dec. 23 — Resigned from the bench to engage in the practice of law. 
1820-1822— Reporter of the Supreme Court of N. C. 
1824 — Candidate for presidential elector on the Crawford ticket. 
1825 — Elected Judge of the Superior Court. 
1828 — Resigned from the bench to become president of the State Bank 

of N. C. 
1830— Moved to "Haw River" 

1833 — Became Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. 
1834 — Received degree of Doctor fo Laws from U.N.C. 
1835 — Delivered address before the Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies 

at U.N.C. 
1852 — Resigned from the bench. 
1853 — Delegate to the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal 

Church in New York. 
1854-1860— President of the N .C. Agricultural Society. 
1853 — Elected Judge of the Supreme Court of N. C. 
1859 — Resigned from the bench. 
1861 — Delegate to the Peace Conference. 

Delegate from Alamance to the Convention of 1861 
1866— Moved to Hillsborough 
1870 Jan. 15 — Died at his home in Hillsborough. 

John W. Graham (1838-1928) Lawyer, born in Hillsborough. Graduate 
U.N.C, 1857. Major in Confederate Army. Teacher, 1858-60; began pactice 
of law in 1860. Served a number of terms in state Senate. 

Mr. Graham was a member of the Episcopal Church and held office 
various times. 

Alexander H. Graham was born in Hillsborough. Attended school in 
Hillsborough and the University of North Carolina. Practiced law in 
Hillsborough except the time he spent in the army and the time he 
served as a state official at Raleigh. 

Mr. Graham was the son of John W. Graham. He has been a long 
time member of the Episcopal Church. Mrs. A. H. Graham has been a 
great help with the music of the church. During the anniversary of 


the organization of the church, Mrs. Graham helped with the choir. She 
worked with Mrs. William D. Benton who was the director of the choir. 

Miss Annie Cameron was born in Norfolk, Va. Her mother died 
when "Miss Annie" was born. Moved to Hillsborough when young. She 
was educated in Raleigh, N. C. Miss Annie has taught school in Hills- 
borough for over forty years. 

Miss Cameron has been one of the mos': faithful members that the 
Episcpoal Church has ever had. Each Sunday you will find her in the 
choir. The greatest pleasure one receives in life is the service ren- 
dered to their church. 

Miss Sue Hayes — Born in Hillsborough. Educated in Hillsborough, 
N. C. Worked in drug store with her father for a great number of years. 
Served as organist for the Episcopal Church for a long time. A good 
church worker. 

Thmoas Ruff in, Jr. (1824-1889) Lawyer. Born in Hillsborough. Grad- 
uated U.N.C., 1844. Licensed to practice law. In Civil War, lieutenant 
colonel, 13th regiment. Justice of the state supreme court, 1881-1885. 
Practiced law in Hillsborough with J. W. Graham. His home is now 
owned by Mrs. A. S. Mitchell. 

(From: Orange County — 1852-1952 by Hugh Lefler and Paul Wager) 
John Kirkland Ruffin (1834-1903) Physician. Son of Thomas and Annie 
M. Ruffin. 


By: Lawrence Foushee London, P.H.D., Historiographer of the 
Diocese of North Carolina 
Dr. Joseph B. Cheshire, Sr. was born in Edenton, December, 1814. 
His parents, John Cheshire and Elizabeth Blount. He received his edu- 
cation at the Edenton Academy and at the Episcopal School for boys. 
The latter school had just been founded by Bishop Ives and was located 
in Raleigh on the site where now stands St. Mary's Junior College. After 
completing his course at the Episcopal School, he studied law in Raleigh 
under the supervision of Thomas P. Devereux. In 1836 he was admitted 
to the bar. In 1838 he decided to enter the ministry, and worked under 
the direction of Bishop Ives. In 1840, Dr. Cheshire had advanced suf- 
ficiently far in his theological studies to be ordained by Bishop Ives. 
The Bishop placed him in charge of the parishes at Halifax and Windsor. 
The next year he was ordained priest and was given Calvary Church 
in Tarboro. He retained his work at Scotland Neck until 1869. His pas- 
torate at Calvary Church continued for more than half a century. During 
this long rectorship a beautiful new church was built, to which he him- 
self contributed generously. 

Dr. Cheshire will probably be best remembered in the history of 
the American Episcopal Church for the part he played in healing the 
breach between the northern and southern branches of the church fol- 
lowing th close of the Civil War. 

Dr. Cheshire married Elizabeth Toole Parker. Joseph Blount Ches- 
hire, Jr. was born on March 27, 1850. In the course of time, Dr. and 
Mrs. Cheshire had five other children. John Blount was born in the 


house built many years before by his grandfather. He was the father 
of Mr. James Cheshire, who now lives in Hillsborough. 

Young Cheshire received his earliest education under the direction 
of his mother. He first attended school in Tarboro, taught by Rev. and 
Mrs. Owen. In the fall of 1861, Cheshire entered the Tarboro Male 
Academy. In late February of 1866, young Cheshire left home for Hart- 
ford. (Trinity College at Hartford, Connecticut.) He graduated in 1869. 

May, 1872, Cheshire and Annie Hushe Webb were engaged. Married 

December 17, 1874, in the St. Matthew's Church, Hillsborough. Richard 
Lewis was his best man. 

Mr. Cheshire studied law under the eminent lawyer, Wm. K. Ruffin, 
son of Chief Justice Thomas Ruffin, who coached law students since 
he was too crippled to do much active practice. Received his license 
to practice law in 1872. 

Mr. Cheshire was ordained priest by Bishop Lyman in St. Paul's 
Church on May 30, 1880. (Winston-Salem, N. C.) 

He was presented for ordaination by Rev. John E. C. Smedes, and 
the sermon for the occasion was preached by Dr. Alfred Watson, later 
Bishop of East Carolina. 

During his ministry in Chapel Hill, Cheshire received calls from 
several parishes, all of which offered him a better salary, but he usually 
declined them. In the winter of 1881 the vestry of St. Mathew's Hills- 
borough and the Church in Burlington asked him to take charge of their 
parishes. He would have gone to Hillsborough,, his wife's old home, but 
Bishop Lyman preferred Cheshire to remain in Chapel Hill where he 
was doing good work. 

About two months later he received a call from St. Peter's, Char- 
lotte, which he declined. Bishop Lyman wrote him that he wished him 
to accept the charge of St. Peter's. Mr. Cheshire refused to go to Char- 
lotte because the Bishop had instructed him, only a few months earlier, 
to remain in Chapel Hill. Bishop Lyman, however, answered that he had 
directed the vestry of St. Peter's to call him again. Mr. Cheshire accepted. 
Under the direction of Mr. Cheshire, St. Peter's hospital was firmly 
established and has continued to grow in usefulness to the community. 

Elizabeth and Sarah Cheshire were born in Chapel Hill. During their 
twelve years in Charlotte four other children were born to them — Joseph 
Blount, Annie, Godfrey, and James Webb Cheshire. 

Mr. Cheshire did a lot of good work in Charlotte. He made many 
friends outside of his congregation as well as among his parishioners. 

June 27, 1893, he was elected assistant bishop. December 13, he 
became Bishop. The death of Bishop Lyman placed the Assistant Bishop 
in full charge of the Diocese of North Carolina. 

The Bishop gave his children all the advantages he could afford. 
Two of his sons were educated at the University of North Carolina and 
the third attended the University of South Carolina. His three daughters 
all went to St. Mary's School. 

Bishop Cheshire died December 27, 1932, in Charlotte, North Carolina. 


Moses Ashley Curtis 

St. Matthew's Episcopal Church 

built 1824. The land was given by 

Chief Justice Thomas Ruffin. 

Rev. L. W. Pettit 

Rector St. Matthew's Episcopal 



A Few Members that had Held Office in St. Matthew's Episcopal Church 

Miss Annie Cameron 

Thomas Ruffin 

Chief Justice N. C. Supreme Court 

Member Episcopal Church 


Dr. R. B. Hayes 

Died 1937 

A physician in Hillsborough for 

about forty years. Member 

Episcopal Church. 

A. H. "Sandy Graham"— 1932 

Lieutenant Governor 

Member Episcopal Church 

1921-29 — General Assembly 

1929 — Speaker of the House 

1932 — Lieutenant Governor 

Head of the Highway Commission 


James Cheshire, Sr. 
A good friend to all. 
A great help in collecting ma- 
terial for the history of Hills- 
borough and Churches. 
Mr. Cheshire's father was Bish- 
op of the Episcopal Church. 
Member Episcopal Church 

Ssmuel Tate Latta, Jr. 
Senior Warden 
Tre:surer Orange County 1924- 
1928. Sheriff of Orange County 
October 1938 - December 1954. 
Born in Orange County, Educ- 
cated Cedar Grove Academy and 
State College. Served in the 
first World War. A popular 


W. W. Walker 

Merchant. Member Episcopal 

Church for a great number of 

years. Served on town board for 

about 15 years. 

Don Matheson 

Treasurer of St. Matthew's 

Episcopal Church. 

John Graham Webb 

Member Episcopal Church — 1961 



Mr. Paul Collins 

May 1877-January 1961 

Member vestry for 50 years. 

William Cain 
World-famous engineer 


Where the Regulators were hanged. 
The Home of Chief Justice Thomas Ruffin 

Cemetery St. Matthew's Church (Looking East) 1962. 


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The United Holy Church of America was organized at Method, North 
Carolina, in 1866. Its purpose officially is to to establish and maintain 
"holy convocation, assemblies, conventions, conferences, public worship, 
missionary and school work, orphans' homes, and manual and trade 

Articles of faith contain statements of belief in the Trinity; the 
record of God's revelation of Himself in the Bible; redemption; resurrec- 
tion; justification; instantaneous sanctification following reign of Christ 
over the earth. 

Mebane Chapel which was organized in 1913 belongs to this United 
Holy Church. Preston Wade, J. F. Latta, Dennis Grady, E. Williams, 
Annie Grady, and R. C. Turner were the leaders in organizing this church. 

The Chapel was erected in 1914 with Rev. B. F. Alston as its first 
Pastor. It seats about 200 people. The present membership of the church 
is sixty members. Rev. P. H. Wiley was the pastor during the celebration 
of the Bicentennial of Orange County in 1953. He served the church as 
Pastor until his death. Rev. H. B. McDonald succeeded Rev. Wiley and 
is the present Pastor. 


Abe and Annie B. Mebane sold to the trustees of Mebane Chapel 
a lot or parcel of land in the town of Hillsborough, County of Orange in 
the State of North Carolina. The land is located in the west part of 
Hillsborough in front of Central High School, at the corner of Union 
Street. The lot contains thirty feet by forty feet. The trustees were Elishe 
Williams and Arthur Hood. The amount of money paid was twenty-five 
dollars. (July 16, 1912.) 

The first deed was not recorded. The present deed was recorded 
April 26, 1924. J. A. Harris was Deputy Clerk— Superior Court (1912). 
Mebane Chapel was named in memory of Abe and Annie B. Mebane. 
Their home was in Orange County. (From: Register Deeds' Office.) 

When Mebane Chapel was established in 1914, they had 35 members. 
Only three are now living: Rev. R. C. Turner, Hattie Mayo, and Annie J. 
Grady. Two members became preachers: Rev. W. M. Shanklin and Rev. 
R. C. Turner. 

The first members were: 

Deacon J. F. Latta Dennis Grady 

Deacon William M. Shanklin SISTERS: 

Lewis J. Wilson, Sec. Alice Whitted (Called Mother 

Preston W. Wade of the Church) 

Elisah Williams Annie B. Raye 

William MePherson Elisabeth Grady 

Henry Mebane Mary Mayo 

John Flinthall Hattie Mayo 

Rev. Ross C. Turner Lena Powell 


Cattie Walker 
Benny Powell 
Mari.ha Bradsher 
Annie Riley 
Effie Wilson 
Maggie Satterfield 
Annie B. Mebane 

Minnie Flinthall 
Dora R. Latta 
Priscilla Latta 
Lizzie Shanklin 
Alese Whitted 
Meria Lipscomb 
Bell Wright 
Martha Kimber 

PASTORS, 1914-1962 

Rev. B. F. Alston served as the first pastor of Mebane Chapel, 1914. 

Rev. J. W. Joice 

Rev. Haines 

Rev. A. J. Holcome 

Rev. Wilcock 

Rev. W. H. Hayes 

Rev. P. D. Richardson 

Rev. P. H. Wiley. Died while pastor of this church. 

Rev. Wiley was pastor of Mebane Chapel during the celebration of 
the bicentennial of Orange County in 1953. 

Rev. H. B. McDonald is now pastor. His home is in Martinsville, 
Virginia. Most of the preachers have lived in Durham and Raleigh. 



R. C. Turner 
James J. Obie 
Samuel Wade 
William M. Clark, 
R. D. Brooks 
Jesse W. Jones 
Annie J. Grady 
Hattie E. Mayo 
Lillie Wright 
Alice Makins 
Samuel Obie 
William Whitted 
Anderson Whitted 
James Pearson 
William Clark, Jr. 
Annie B. Clark 
Dorothy McPherson 
Pauline Brooks 
Margaret Whitted 
Hattie Walker 
Lula Walker 
Lula Mitchell 
Cynthia Kirkland 
Thelma Mayo 
Charlotte Wright 
Annie L. Whitted 
Thelma Jones 
Inez Gattis 
Margaret Rapley 


Mable Wade 
Betty E. Whitted 
Gloria Brown 
Fanny Martin 
Judy M. Clark 
Barbara J. Link 
Joyce Obie 
Mollie Harrington 
Gary McCauley 
Maggie Russell 
Melvin Gattis 
Rachel Wright 
Esther Wright 
Chesse M. McCallum 
Barbara A. Brooks 
Merinda Wright 
Dorothy M. Obie 
Johnny E. Obie 
Oatis Wright 
Harry L. Clark 
Thomas Wright 
Harrie Clark 
Jesse W. Jones, Jr. 
Alford N. Jones 
Cathrine Jones 
Thelma B. Jones 
Lattie Jones 
Rijean McCallum 


Reverend B. F. Alston 

The first Pastor of Mebane Chapel 

Hillsborough, N. C. 


Mebane Chapel of Hillsborough, N. C. 
Church erected in 1914 





Edited by Pauline 0. Lloyd and Allen A. Lloyd 

History Committee: 

1. Miss Rebecca Liner 

2. Mrs. Virginia Gattis 

3. Allen A. Llyod, Chairman 



Hillsborough Methodist Church was organized about 1807. It belonged 
to the Haw River Circuit. The first preaching services were held in the 
old courthouse. 

The Hillsborough community was first served by the Methodist Min- 
isters assigned to the Brunswick Circuit. North Carolina Circuit was 
formed May 21, 1776 — from Virginia. A map of N. C, 1780, gives the four 
circuits: West — Yadkin Circuit; Central — New Hope Circuit; East — Tar 
River Circuit (Raleigh); North-Eiast — Roanoke Circuit. 

Hillsborough (1779) was in the New Hope Circuit. Later Hillsborough 
Methodist Church was made a member of the newly formed Raleigh Dis- 
trict. In 1866 the Hillsborough District was formed. 

The first church was built of wood and bought from Dr. James Webb, 
Feb. 1823, located on or near the property now owned by Mrs. Odell Clay- 
ton. The second church was built by Capt. John Berry. The land was sold 
to the church by H. N. Brown in year 1859. 

The Bible in the church was printed at the University Press, Oxford, 
London, England; sold by E. Gardner and Son, Oxford Bible Warehouse. 
Written on the Bible is as follows: Methodist Episcopal Church, Hills- 
horough, N. C, 1860. 

The parsonage was bought April 13, 1891, from Mr. C. M. Parks. It 
was located on the land now owned by Mr. S. Strudwick. The second par- 
sonage was bought from James Webb, son of Dr. James Webb, April 30, 
1903. The lot No. 94. It was remodeled about 1920 and a second story was 
added. The present parsonage was built in the years 1957-58. The dedica- 
tion service on Sunday, March 9, 1958, at 3 P.M. 

Dr. James Webb sold the first church and land to the Hillsborough 
Methodist Church, 1823. Dr. Webb's son sold the second parsonage to the 

Dr. James Webb came here from Granville County. James Webb was 
the son of Dr. James Webb, grandfather of Mr. Jim Cheshire, Mr. James 
James Webb (died young). Dr. James Webb also had another son, Mr. 
Thomas Webb. He married Robina Norwood, 1854. To them were born nine 
children. Two of them were James Webb and Thomas Webb. James Webb 
married Annie Bond, 1902. He was the president of Eno Cotton Mills in 
Hillsborough. To them were born four children. One of his sons was James 
Webb, now connected with Cone Mills. Mr. James Webb married Margaret 
Raney of Raleigh, Mr. Thomas Webb's other son was Thomas Webb (1871- 
1939). First married Isabella Graham (1904). To them were born Thomas 
Webb and John Graham Webb. John G. Webb married Mary Leigh, Hills- 
borough, N. C. Two children: Isabella Webb and John G. Webb. John Gra- 
ham Webb's father was a prominent textile manufacturer at Concord, N. C. 
John S. Webb was descendant of John Wall Norwood and Annabella Giles, 
who were married in 1826 and lived in the old Hogg Home, "Poplar Hill" — 
at which is now call "Occoneechee," near Hillsborough, N. C. Now owned 
by Mr. and Mrs. Harold Culbreth. 

Hillsborough was laid off in 1754 by William Churton on the north 
bank of Eno River. The town contained about four hundred acres of land. 
It was first called Orange, but its name was changed to Corbinton in a 
very short time, for Francis Corbin. On November 20, 1759, it was in- 


corporated under the name of Childsburg. In 1776 the name was changed 
to Hillsborough, complimentary to the Earl of Hillsborough. 

The only church in the town, at this period, stood on the site of the 
present Presbyterian Church. It was erected by persons of the "Episcopal 
persuasion." In 1784 it was made a school and free mee'ing house, with the 
preference given to Episcopal ministers. Later, it was made famous as the 
place at which the first State convention — to consider the proposed Fed- 
eral Constitution — met, July 21, 1788. 

In 1866 the Hillsborough District was formed. Rev. W. H. Bobbitt was 
Presiding Elder. Rev. W. C. Wilson was pastor. 

In 1866 Hillsborough Station consisted of Hillsborough, Cedar Grove, 
Walnut Grove, Lebanon, and New Sharon 

In 1866 George Laws was chairman of the Board of Stewards; O. 
Hooker was secretary. 

In 1867, George Laws, treasurer, reported on April 28, "The time has 
come when if the people expect to have preaching they must make up 
their minds to pay for it." 

Stewards 1867, Julia A. Hooker, Rebecca Smith, Robert Faucette, 
H. N. Brown, D. D. Phillips, Lavmisia Phillips, George Laws, I. R. Gattis, 
H. L. Owm, V. B. Turrentine, Olivia Brown, Laura Brown, I. Hedgepeth, 
Mary E. Phillips, Rosa Hedgpeth, Cicero Faucette, Edwin L. Brown, O. 
Hooker, Mary Hooker and D. A. Robinson. 

Church Library begun around 1868 — many secular and religious books. 
Many books were donated by members of the church and community. 
Some volumes were purchased by Sunday School classes for the library. 
Books from life of Stonewall Jackson to Shakespeare, U. S. Census, and 
Ben Franklin-Milton's Paradise Lost." Library Record Book records total 
of 937 volumes. Must have been count about early 1870's. 

In 1868, J. G. B. Cooley was librarian. The books were checked in 
and out each Sunday morning. 

Largest number checked out on given Sunday, (68) — Feb. 9, 1868. 

Use of library eventually dimished. The church has now in its pos- 
session only two or three of the original volumes of this large church 

1861 Jordan Hooker was sexton and was salaried $2.25 a month. 
1867-68 George Laws, Treasurer. 
1869-71 Edwin S. Brown, Treasurer. 

1871 Dr. C. C. Taylor, Treasurer. 

1872 James R. Gattis, Treasurer. 

1873 J. R. Gattis, Treasurer. 

1874 J. R. Gattis, Treasurer. 

1875 J. R. Gattis, Treasurer. 

1876 J. R. Gattis, Treasurer. 

1877 J. R. Gattis, Treasurer. 

1878 C. C. Taylor, Treasurer. 

1879 C. C. Taylor, Treasurer. 

Amount subscribed for support of Hillsborough Station in 1869 was 
$662. Total amount collected $676.03. 

1880 J. H. Wheeler, Treasurer; also pastor. Pastors' salary $300. 
Hillsborough Recorder, published by Dennis Heartt, 1861, gave the 


appointments of preachers of the N. C. Conference 1861-62. Hillsborough 
Church and Hillsborough Circuit were in the Raleigh District; Wm. Bar- 
ringer was the presiding elder. 

At this time the districts were as follows: 

1. Raleigh District, Wm. Barringer, P.E. 

2. Greensborough District, N. F. Reid, P.E. 

3. Salisbury District, Wm. H. Bobbitt, P.E. 

4. Washington District, Ira T. Wyche, P.E. 

5. Newbern District, Wm. Closs, P.E. 

6. Wilmington District, C. F. Deems, P.E. 

7. Fayetteville District, P. Daub, P.E. 

Dr. O. Hooker 


Dr. James Webb Dr. James Webb's wife 

(Pictures furnished by Mrs. Alfred Engstrom) 


NJohn Berry and his wife, Elizabeth Vincent — from daeugerreotype — 
through the courtesy of Mrs. Ellen Bell and Mi's. Alfred Engstrom. 


In the year 1700 John Wesley founded a new Protestant group. At 
first it was called the United Society. This was criticized very much. 
Then they called the new group Methodis's. It later became the accepted 
title for the denomination. 

In the United States, the Methodist Episcopal Church grew rapidly. 
In 1884, this body split on the question of slavery. The Southern members 
broke away from the main body to form the Methodist Episcopal Church 
South. The Methodist Protestant Church became another branch of the 
main church. Still another division was the Free Methodist Church, which 
insisted upon a return to the simple living and strict practices of eariler 
days. A plan of union was adopted in 1939 by uniting conferences of the 
various Churches. The Methodist Church was formed from a combination 


of the Methodist Protestant Church and the Methodist Episcopal Church 
South. Doctrines of the Church are based on the specific teachings of 

The government of the Church in America is episcopal, which means 
that it is organized with bishops as its head. The governing body is a 
General Conference which meets once in four years. 

Methodists make up one of the largest of all Protstant groups. They 
are found throughout the world. In the United States more than 8,600,000 
Methodists belong to about 40,000 Churches. One of the first Methodist 
Churches in the United States was consructed in 1768 in New York. 
Robert Strawbridge had built a log cabin church in Maryland about four 
years earlier. (From The World Book Encyclopedia.) 

J. Filmore is credited with having preached the first Methodist sermon 
in North Carolina at Currituck Court House in 1772. After the Revolution, 
Francis Asbury worked almost single handed, and a miracle seemed to 
happen. The Methodists alone seemed to prosper more than the other re- 
ligious groups. It developed an amazing s'rength in small towns and the 
rural areas. 

Methodists were from the outset frankly evangelical and were not re- 
strained by doctrine obstacles from carrying the gospel to rich and poor 
wherever and whenever they could be found. 

Bishop Asbury visited all parts of the state, in about the year 1780. 
He rode seven miles to Hillsborough and preached in the house of Mr. 
Cortney, a tavern, to about 200 people, on Hosea 10:12, "It is time to 
seek the Lord." August 12, 1780, he stated that they were decent and well 
behaved. (From N. C. Conference Historical Society.) 

The first Methodist Conference in America was held in Philadelphia 
July 1, 1773. Robert Williams was assigned to Petersburg. The revival 
which had already begun, continued throughout the year, and the follow- 
ing year Williams formed the Brunswick Circuit, the first Virginia Circuit. 
The Brunswick Circuit soon extended southward into North Carolina. The 
Hillsboro Community was first served by the Methodist Ministers assigned 
to the Brunswick. 

North Carolina Circuit was formed May 21st, 1776 from Virginia. 
At this Conference there were four new circuits added, which were: Fair- 
fax, Hanover, Pittsylvania, and Carolina. 

One of the earliest reports indicates that there were 683 members on 
the Carolina Circuit, which took in the central northern counties. 

In 1778 the North Carolina Circuit was divided into three circuits: 
Roanoke, Tar-River, and New Hope Circuits. The New Hope Circuit took 
its name from a small creek in Chatham that empties into Haw River. 
It included portions of Orange, Chatham, Cumberland, and Wake Counties. 
The Circuit foundation was laid by James O'Kelly with the help of 
Beverly Allen. (From: History of Methodism in North Carolina — by W. L. 

A map of North Carolina, 1780, gives the four circuits: West — Yadkin 
Circuit; Central — New Hope Circuit; East — Tar River Circuit (Raleigh); 
North-east — Roanoke Circuit. 

In 1797 the Haw River Circuit took the place of the New Hope Circuit, 
The Hillsborough Methodist Community was then served by the pastors of 
the circuit. 


In 1884, H. N. Brown reported that the Sunday School at Hillsborough 
had celebrated its 100th anniversary. He reported that there were thirty- 
five pupils and seven teachers. He stated that there was a school library 
that used our Church literature. 

Soon the Hillsborough Methodist Church was made a member of the 
newly formed Raleigh District. Up to 1854, preachers were listed for a 

In the year 1866 the Hillsborough District was formed. In this new Dis- 
trict were: Hillsborough, Chapel Hill, Durham, Haw River, Franklinville, 
Guilford, Alamance, Leasburg, and Person. 

Pastors that served New Hope Circuit: 

1779 James Kelly and Phillip Adams 

1780 Francis Poythress and John Major 

1781 Phillip Bruce 

1782 James White 

1783 Henry Willis 

1784 Joshua Worley 

1785 Henry Jones 

1786 William Partridge 

This is believed to be a picture or a picture similar to that of the First 

Methodist Church in Hillsborough in yexa 1823. The land bought from Dr. 

James Webb. The house used as the church was built before 

the land was purchased. 


Hillsborough Mefhodist Church 
Rev. J. HI. Wheeler's wife's grave, 1878. 


1787 John Baldwin 

1788 Henry Ogburn and John Ellis 

1789 Thos. Anderson and Daily Baird 

1790 Isaac Lowe, R. Wiley, and Mr. Tracy 

1791 J. Cannon, F. Roper, and S. Edney 

1792 J. Tare, Henry Hill, and J. Jackson 

1793 A. Suggs and William Wells 

1794 William Ormand and L. Dyson 

1795 L. Mansfield and George Martin 

1796 Phillip Sands and Wiliam Kenyon 

*1797 This year the Circuit changed to Haw River 

1797 William Earley and Lewis Garre t 

At a conference held in November, 1797, Joseph Pinnell and Samuel 
Hooser were appointed to the Circuit, and at the conference held in April 
1798, Joseph Pinnell and Collin Hill were appointd to the Circuit. 

1799 Samuel R. 

1800 Robert Wilkerson and Jessie C. 

1801 John West 

1802 Allgood 

1803 Lewis Taylor 

1804 Josiah Phillips 

1805 Samuel Garrard 

1806 John Weaver and McLelland 

1807 William Beam and Joel Arrington 

1808 B. Arendale and Thomas Cook 

1809 John French and Thomas Burgess 

1810 J. M. Arthur and Jepe Brown 

1811 John Moore and Jesse Branch 

1812 Thomas Mann and Fete Wyatt 

1813 Thomas Mann 
1814; Lewis Skidmore 

1815 James Sanford and Abraham Trail 

1816 Jepe Branch and William Peobles 

1817 Hugh McCain 

1818 C. S. Mooring and Peter D. 

1819 Isiah Harris and J. Parker 

1820 Francis A. Ward 

1821 Peter D. 

1822 Rufus W. 

1823 Thomas Mann and J. W. Witten 

1824 Jacob Hill and David Roberts 

1825 Jacob Hill 

1826 James W. Dunahay 

1827 Benton Field and T. Barum 

1828 Henry J. Evans and B. Kidd 

1829 William Compton and J. Goodman 

1830 James Reid and J. J. Hicks 

1831 James Reid and J. P. Owens 

1832 Isaac Haines 

1833 Isaac Haines 


Pastors serving Hillsboro Methodist Church 1837-1961: 

1837 Addison Lea 

1851 W. H. Brown, Station 

1852 A. H. Johnson, Circuit 

1853 J. L. Fisher, Station 

1854 N. A. Hooker, Circuit 

1855 H. T. Hudson, Station 

1856 T. W. Moore, Circuit 

1857 Henry Gray 

1858 S. D. Peeler, Hillsborough 

1859 S. D. Peeler, Hillsborough 

1860 B. F. Guthrie 

1861 B. F. Guthrie 

Hillsborough District: Wm. M. Walsh (From Hilsborough Recorder) By: 
Dennis Heartt). 


S. D. Ruler 

1894 D. 

N. Caviness 


Alexander R. Raven 

1895 D. 

N. Caviness 


N. F. Reid 

1896 D. : 

N. Caviness 


1897 J. M. Terrell 


W. C. Wilson 


E. W. Fox 


W. H. Bobbitt 


J. E. Bristone 



M. M. McFarland 



C. R. Ross 


William Barringer 


J. M. Ormond 


S. W. Craword 


T. M. Grant 


J. T. Harris 


Rev. Hester 


J. T. Harris 


J. E. Blalock 


H. P. Cole 


S. F. Nicks 


H. F. Cole 


J. L. Smith 


J. H. Wheeler 


A. J. Parker 


J. H. Wheeler 


F. A. Lupton 


J. H. Wheeler 


J. V. Earley 


J. H. Wheeler 


S. F. Nicks 

1880-1882 J. 0. Guthrie 


C. S. Hubbard 

1883-1885 J. E. Gray 


W. L. Maness 


L. E. Thompson 


A. M. Williams 


J. G. Nelson 


W. A. Seawell 

1888-1890 W. H. Puckett 


S. T. Kirabrough, Jr. 


J. M. Lowder 


E. F. Smith 

1893 D. N. Caviness 

FRANCIS ASBURY was the "Father of American Methodism." He 
was born near Birmingham, England, 1745. In 1771 he came to America 


Bishop Francis Asbury 

Rev. H. P. Cole 

Pastor — Hillsborough, N. C. 


as a Missionary. He traveled about 6,000 miles a year on horse-back. He 
was the first circuit rider in America. 

In 1784, John Wesley appointed Asbury and Thomas Coke joint super- 
intendents of the Methodist societies in America. Later, Asbury was elected 
to the same position at a conference of Mehodist preachers in Baltimore. 
This was the beginning of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the United 
States. Asbury was the real head and used the title of Bishop. 

Dr. Thomas Coke in 1786, stopped at the home of Thomas Grenshaw, 
in Hanover County, Virginia, and organized the first Sunday School in 
the United States. From this school came John Charleston, a noted Metha- 
dist itinerate who as a boy attended the first session and was converted 
soon afterward. Asbury formed no fewer than a hundred of them in 
various parts of the United States. 
(From: The Life of Bishop Asbury — By Herbert Asbury — Page No. 186) 

1780 — New Hope Circuit 

Bethel Academy, built entirely by subscriptions raised on the circuits. 
80' by 40', 3 stories high. 

The legislature, at an early period, made a 
land to Bethel Academy, located in Christian 

The project originated with Mr. Asbury, Francis Poythress, Isaac 
Hite, of Jefferson; Colonel Hinde, of Nelson; Willis Green, of Lincoln; 
Richard Masterson, of Fayette; and Mr. Lewis, of Jessamine. 

Among the eight pioneers of Methodism in Kentucky and Tennessee 

donation of 6000 acres of 
County, South of Green 


in the year 1788, the name of F. Poythress stands preeminent. By those 
intrepid heroes of the Cross the foundation of Methodism was laid in 
those states, on which others have since built, and others are now building. 
Their names ought to be held in grateful remembrance by all who love 
our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity and truth. 

Rev. Hiram Pearson Cole was married in 1878 to Lucy Ann Phillips 
of Hillsborough. He died in 1883, leaving beside his widow two girls, 
Elizabeth, age 2% years and Lucy Mayfield Cole, 1 year old. He joined 
N. C. Conference in 1866, served in Hillsboro, Raleigh, Winston, and Con- 
cord. He died in his first year on the Concord Circuit, after serving the 
Main Street Concord Church four years. 

The Phillips family lived in the house now owned by Mrs. Mary Riley. 
They donated the silver Communion Service which is displayed in the 
vestibule of the Hillsboro Methodist Church. 

This information was furnished by Lucy Mayfield Cole, married to 
Mr. Thomas Gattis, who lives in Washington, D. C. 

B. F. Guthfie was born in 1817, in Chatham County, North Carolina. 
Joined the conference in 1858, Newbern, N. C. Rev. Guthrie served in 
Hillsboro, N. C. in 1860 and 1861. He died in 1862 in Virginia and was 
buried in Chatham County. 

Alexander Raven was born in 1833, Greene County, North Carolina. 
He joined the conference 1860 at Salisbury, N. C. Rev. Raven served 
in the year 1863. Died 1901, and was buried in Mt. Olive, N. C. 

J. T. Harris was born 1844, Davidson County, N. C. Joined the con- 
ference 1870, at Greensboro, N. C. He served Hillsboro 1872 and 1873. 
He died 1890 and was buried in Durham, N. C. 

N. F. Reid was born 1825, Rockingham Coun'y, North Carolina. Joined 
conference 1851. He served Hillsboro, N. C. 1864 and 1865. 

L. E. Thompson was born 1855, Moore County, North Carolina. He 

joined conference 1878 at Charlotte, N. C. Served Hillsboro, N. C. in the 

year 1886. Rev. Thompson died in 1931 and was buried in Lexington, N. C. 

J. G. Nelson was born 1862, Iredell County, North Carolina. Rev. 

Nelson served Hillsborough in 1887. 

W. H. Puckett was born 1856, Tyrrell County North Carolina. He 
joined conference 1886, Reidsville, N. C. Served Hillsborough, N. C. 1888 
and 1889. He died 1912 and was buried in Smithfield, N. C. 

W. H. Bobbitt was born 1816 at Halifax County, North Carolina. 
Joined the conference 1846 at Newbern, N. C. He served Hillsborough, 
N. C, in 1867, 1868, and 1869. 

William Barringer was born in 1816 in Cabarrus County, North Carolina. 
Joined the conference 1844 at Columbia, S. C. He served Hillsborough, 
N. C. in 1870. Rev. Barringer died in 1873, and was buried in Greens- 
boro, N. C. 

D. N. Caviness was born 1850, Moore County, North Carolina. He 
entered the conference 1892 at Goldsboro, N. C. Served the Hillsborough 
Church 1893, 1894, and 1895. He died 1937 and was buried in Raleigh, N. C. 
J. H. Wheeler was born in 1810, in Newark, N. J. He joined the con- 
ference in 1834 at Charleston, S. C. Rev. Wheeler served Hillsborough, 
N. C, in 1876, 1877, 1878, and 1879. 


The Rev. Doctor Newby Caviness 
Pastor, Hillsborough — Dec. 1892-1896 


J. O. Guthrie was born 1855 at Chatham County, North Carolina. He 
joined the conference in 1879 at Wilson, N. C. Served Hillsborough, N. C. 
in 1880-1882. Rev. Guthrie died 1927 and was buried in Dillon, S. C. 

Thomas McMillan Grant was born in Wilmington, July 28, 1886. He 
was the son of Reuben and Elizabeth McMillan Grant. Rev. Grant was 
admitted to the North Carolina Conference in 1909. Served the Hillsbor- 
ough Church in 1915-1916. On December 8th, 1910, he married Miss 
Marlene Harrell. Mrs. Grant died April 20th, 1915. He re-married June 
13th, 1918 to Miss Marie Hooker. 

Thomas Grant was a faithful, honored and loved preacher. He was 
buried at Rocky Mount, N. C. His funeral service was conducted by Bishop 
Paul N. Garber. 

Rev. James Monroe Lowder was born in Stanly County near Albe- 
marle on Dec. 31st, 1852. He was married to Miss Sue Shanklin March 
23rd, 1881.He was licensed to preach at Fayetteville in Feb. 1885. Died 
at Rutherford College, N. C. August 16, 1940. He was buried at Norwood, 
N. C. 

Jesse Marvin Ormond (1878-1959) was born in Greene County, North 
Carolina, the son of John James and Nancy Jane Ormond. His was a 
goodly and Godly heritage, and he lived up to the obligations of that 

Dr. Ormond was an alumnus of Duke University, having received 
his A.B. degree from Trinity College in 1902. He received his theological 
training in Vanderbilt University and the University of Chicago. He was 
awarded the B.D. degree from the former institution in 1910. Randolph- 
Macon College conferred the degree of Doctor of Divinity upon him in 

Dr. Ormond's work was divided between pastorate and the school- 
room. His pastorates included the following charges: Leasburg, Hills- 
borough, Hertford, and First Church, Elizabeth City. He held professorships 
in Southern Methodist University and Duke University. He also served 
as director of the rural church work of the Duke Endowment. He supervised 
the work of more than 1,200 Duke students who served as assistant pastors 
in the rural field. 

Dr. Ormond's success was due in large measure to the inspiration of 
his almost lifelong sweetheart and wife, Katrina Kern. To them were born 
the following children who survive him: Reverend J. Kern Ormond, Mrs. 
Thomas Lide, Mrs. Wannamaker Harden, Mrs. Minetree Pyne, and Mrs. 
Woodrow Venable. 

Jackson Lafayette Smith was born August 8, 1876 in the Cold Springs 
community of Cabarrus County, about 4 miles from Concord. He is the son 
of the late Francis Marion Smith and Susan Hedrick Smith. His living 
brothers are J. J. and C. C. Smith of Kannapolis, and his sister is Mrs. 
Horace Blackwelder, of Charlotte. 

In 1898 he went to Charlotte where he went to work for a wholesale 
groceryman and later opened his own store. 

"All the time," he said, "I felt the call to peach," but could not 


Dr. Jesse Marvin Ormond 


Pastor— Hillsborough 1911-1915 

Rev. J. L. Smith 
Pastor — Hillsborough 1927 

Rev. S. F. Nicks 

Pastor at Hillsborough 

Methodist Church 



Rev. J. V. Early, D.D. 

Pastor Hillsborough Methodist 




tear himself away from the grocery business. Finally the day came when 
he went home and told his wife of his life's ambition. 

Mr. Smith was educated in the public schools in Cabarrus County, a 
private school in Charlotte, tutored by the laie Dr. J. E. Davidson, widely- 
known Presbyterian minister, attended Weaver College, Emory Univrsity, 
and Duke University. 

He and Mrs. Smith have three children: Mrs. George Gilmore of Hills- 
borough. Mrs. W. H. Stokes, Greenville, S. C, and Fred A. Smith of Zebu- 
Ion, superintendent of Wake County Schools. 

Mr. Smith's first circuit was in McDowell County, his home in Marion. 
His salary was $600.00 a year. 

From Camden he was sent to Tyrell County, then to Bladen County, 
to Laurinburg in Scotland County, then to Hillsborough in Orange County, 
and back east to Perquimans County at Winfall, and to Ahoskie and to 
Northampton County, and finally to Oxford in Granville County, where 
he retired in 1948. He came back to Cabarrus County and Kannapolis to 
live on January 5, 1956. From: Local Newspaper, Kannapolis, N. C. 

Frederick Arthur Lupton was born Nov. 6th, 1882, at Whortonsville, 
Pamlico Couny, North Carolina. Educated at Trinity College, Durham, 
N. C. He was admitted to the North Carolina Conference in 1913. His 
Ministry was spent in North Carolina, but for the exception of one pastor- 
ate at Scranton, S. C. 

He married Miss Reva Bridgman, of Lake Lanning, Norih Carolina. 
They were blessed with four sons and one daughter. 

After retiring, he lived in Graham, N. C. Died October 3, 1954 at 
Wesley Long Hospital, Greensboro, N. C. The Masons had charge of the 
graveside service. He was pastor of Cedar Grove Methodist Church and 
Hillsborough Methodist Church in Orange County. 

Rev. Asa Joseph Parker was born in Hertford County, North Caro- 
lina Oct. 6th, 1867. He joined the Church while a small child. He joined the 
North Carolina Conference in 1889. 

On Nov. 13, 1889, he was married to Miss Martha M. Barrow of Hert- 
ford County. There were three children. Besides their own children, they 
reared two others, Catherine Jones and Charles Vale, Jr. He sang the 
gospel as well as he preached. He served Hillsborough 1928-1931. Died 
Aug. 31, 1932 and was buried in Raleigh, N. C. 

A Sketch of the Life of Rev. S. F. Nicks 

Samuel Freeman, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Nicks, eight miles south 
of Mebane in Orange County, North Carolina, was born January 21, 1874. 

Rev. Nicks attended Caldwell Institute in Orage County, finished 
there in the spring of 1899. He entered Trinity (now Duke University) 
that fall and was in the graduating class of 1903. In December, 1903, he 
was admitted to the North Carolina Conference at Goldsboro. Rev. Nicks 
married Miss Emma Woods of Hillsborough, N. C, on December 24, 1903. 

Rev. Nicks served his first charge at Burlington Circuit. He remained 
there four years. Burlington Circuit was composed of eight churches: 
Glenco, Big Falls, Carolina Bethel, Mt. Vernon, Shiloh, Prospect and 
Camp Springs. 

Pelham 1907-1911 

Milton 1911-1915 

Yanceyville 1915-1919 


Leasburg 1919-1923 

Hillsborough 1923-1927 

Brooksdale 1927-1933 

Cedar Grove 1933-1940 

Hillsboro 1940-1945 

Rev. Hicks retired in 1945 at Conference in Goldsboro. 
Hillsborough Charge 

Rev. Hicks served as pastor of the Hillsborough charge twice during his 
ministry. His first period began in November 1923 and ran un il Nov., 

During this time he served five churches: Hillsboro, West Hillsborough, 
New Sharon, Lebanon, and. Palmers' Grove. It was said by members of 
other churches that Brother Nicks was worth his salary just to live in 
the community, and some members of other churches offered to raise a 
salary for him to remain in the community after his fourth conference 
year was completed. 

Rev. Nicks returned to Hillsboro thirteen years after his first period 
of service on the charge. The charge at that time consisted of four 
churches: Hillsborough, New Sharon, Palmer's Grove and Union Grove. 

Shortly after the beginning of his term of service, he suggested a 
twelve thousand dollar addition of rooms to be added as a part of the 
regular church building. Several business meetings were held and Mr. 
Robert Forrest and A. A. Lloyd were elected to raise the necessary money. 

For every three thousand dollars raised, the Duke Endowment Fund 
would give one thousand dollars. 

It was a hard job to raise this money, but by hard work it was 
finally done. A lot of free labor was given. Rev. Nicks worked long hours 
in this work, raising money and doing the carpenter work. 

Rev. Nicks is one of the greatest pastors who has ever served the 
Hillsborough Charge. He was loved, not noly by the members of the Meth( 
dist Church, but by all who knew him, regardless of church affiliation, de- 
nomination, race or color. He was a man who would never say "No" when 
something was being done for a brother or sister. 

Rev. S. F. Nicks served forty-two years in the Durham District. He 
and his family moved in their own home, which is across the street from 
the last parsonage in which they lived, in Hillsborough, N. C. He died Oc- 
tober 28, 1946. 
Rev. Joyce V. Early, D.D. — (106 Rockingham Road, Rockingham, N. C.) 

Rev. Early, son on the late Mr. and Mrs. R. P. Early of Raleigh. Born 
in Lattimore, N. C. and lived in Person and Granville Counties. 

He was educated in the public schools of N. C, Asbury College, As- 
bury Theological Seminary, and the Duke Divinity School. He was awarded 
Doctor of Divinity degree by the Asbury Seminary in May, 1956. 

He joined the N. C. Annual Conference in 1934, and has served the 
following appointments: Manners, 2 years; Hillsborough, 4 years; Smith- 
field, 4 years; and four years as pastor of Grace Church, Wilmington. He 
is now beginning his second year as pastor of First Church, Rockingham. 

He has led in the building of seven new churches; the organization 
of four new congregations; the building of three new parsonages; and in 
Wilmington, the construction of educational building at Grace Church. 

Dr. Early was married to Miss Christine Stansbury of La Grange, 


Texas, on December 28, 1934. One child, a son, J. Virgil Early, Jr., 22, 
graduated from the University of North Carolina, 1960. He is now in 
the U.S. Army. 

Rev. C. S. Hubbard 
Pastor— Hillsborough 1945-1951 

Rev. W. L. Maness 
Pastor — 1951 1952 

Rev. A. M. Williams 

Pastor Hillsborough Methodist 



Rev. W. A. Sea we 1 1 

Pastor Hillsboro Methodist Church 


Rev. S. T. Kimbrough, Jr. 
Pastor— Hillsborough— 1958-1962 

Rev. E. F. Smith — 1962- 

Pastor Hillsborough Methodist 


Rev. C. S. Hubbard, born at Sanford, N. C. Educated at U.N.C. and 
Duke University. Served churches at Roseboro, N. C, Hillsborough Charge, 
Raleigh and Chapel Hill. He has served nine years at Chapel Hill, N. C. 
and seven years at Hillsborough, N. C. 

Rev. W. L. Maness was educated at Trinity College and Elon College. 
He joined the North Carolina Conference in 1915. He was ordained a 
Deacon in 1917 and an Elder in 1919. Served in the active ministry for 
forty-one years, in Erwin, Jackson, Raeford, Fayetteville, Siler City, Rox- 
boro, Snow Hill, Yanceyville, Parkton, Gibson, Hillsborough, and Elm City. 
Rev. Maness averaged 3 x /2 years in each place. 

He retired in 1956 at the age of 66, but he has done supply work 
organizing Christ Church South, Graham, supplied five months at Pitts- 
boro Circuit and has assisted many ministers on Sundays and in Revival 

Rev. A. M. Williams is now pastor of Fletcher's Chapel Methodist 
Church, Route 5, Box 426-A, Durham, N. C. He is now nearing the close 
of thirty years in the ministry. The preparation for his work was done in 
the Duke Divinity School. Rev. Williams has spent sixteen years in the 
Durham District. 

Rev. W. A. Sea well entered the ministry in 1947, at the age of 32 
years. He received his education at Elon College, Duke Divinity School, 
and Emory University. Married and has three children, two girls and 
one boy. He served the following charges: the Pittsboro Charge, Pitts- 
boro, N. C; Salem-Chapel Charge, Graham, N. C; Hillsborough Charge, 
Hillsborough, N. C, and Roxboro, N. C. He now serves Carr Methodist 
Church, 107 N. Driver Ave, Durham, N. C. 


Rev. S. T. K imb rough was born at Athens, Alabama, son of Rev. and 
Mrs. S. T. Kimbrough. He was educated at Birmingham Southern College 
and Duke University. He was Pastor of Acmar Methodist Church, Acmar, 
Ala. Assistant Pastor, Eleventh Ave. Methodist, Birmingham, Ala., and 
Youth Minister, Canterbury Methodist, B : rmingham, Ala. He is married 
to Sarah Robinson Kimbrough, has four sons, David, Timothy, Steven, 
and Mark. He is a member of the North Alabama Conference. 


Born in Cheraw, S. C, Edward F. Smith grew up in Fayetteville. 
He is a graduate of Louisburg College, Duke University, Duke Divinity 
School and the Ecole coloniale in Brussels, Belgium. He has also studied 
in the Duke Graduate School, the Kennedy School of Missions of the 
Hartford Seminary Foundation and the Institute of Far Eastern Languages 
of Yale University. 

He joined the North Carolina Conference in 1946 and served Maybrook 
Church for one year, then the Leasburg Circuit (then five churches) 
for five years. He and Mrs. Smith were accepted for service in Africa 
by the Methodist Board of Missions, beginning this work in September 
1952. They spent ten years in this work in the area of the present Congo 
Republic and state of Katanga. They were appointed to Hillsborough Meth- 
odist Church in 1962. 

Mrs. Smith is the former Janet Wellons, whose parents were mis- 
sionaries in India, where Mrs. Smith was born and grew up. They have 
three children, Edward F. Ill, David A., and Sally J. 



HILLSBOROUGH METHODIST CHURCH was organized about 1807. It 
belonged to Haw River Circuit, and its preachers were William Beam 
and Joel Arlington. The first preaching services were held in the old 

In 1821, in a letter written by Rev. Henry Hardy, Dec. 14, 1821, and 
printed in the Methodist Magazine, states a camp-meeting was held in 
Hillsborough, and about thirty-eight joined the Methodist faith. They open- 
ed a subscription for the purpose of raising funds to build a house of wor- 
ship. They obtained many donations. The copy of the letter was written 
by J. L. Harriss on November 26, 1874 at Hillsborough, N. C. 

Book No. 20, Page 378: The Hillsborough Methodist Church bought 
from James Webb February, 1823. This deed has been checked by two 
lawyers and is believed to be true. 

Methodist Church 
£fiAj£, & r /f-f'* Built 185f by Captain John Berry 

This indenture made the twenty-first day in the year of our Lord 
1823, between James Webb of Orange County, of the one part and Thomas 
Snipes of the County of Chatham and Joseph G. Bacon, William Robson, 
William Faucette and Joel Reynolds of Orange County, Trustees for the 
Methodist Episcopal Church established in the town of Hillsborough, of 
the other part witnesseth that the said James Webb for and in considera- 


tion of the sum of 10 shillings of lawful money of the state aforesaid to 
them on hand paid by the said trustees at or before the sealing and de- 
livering of these presents (the receipt whereof the said James Webb doth 
hereby acknowledge) hath given granted bargained and sold aleigned con- 
formed and conveyed and doth by these presents give grant bargain sell 
aleign, confirm and convey unto the said said Thomas Snipes, Joseph G. 
Bacon, William Robson, William Faucette, and Joel Reynolds, Trustees as 
aforesaid and their successors in office a certain tract and parcel of land 
part of a lot (on which part of the house now stands) known in the plan of 
the Town of Hillsborough by lot 102 situated lying and being in the 
town aforesaid and bounded as follows: Beginning on Tryon Street, thence 
along said street East 44 feet, thence nor.h 44 feet, thence west 44 feet, 
then south 44 feet to the beginning on Tryon Street to have and to hold 
the said lot and parcel of land to them and other successors in office in 
Trust for the benefit of the Methodist Episcopal Church aforesaid, pro- 
vided never-the-less upon this condition that they keep or cause to be kept 
a Meeting House upon the said lot for for the use and benefit of the Metho- 
dist Episcopal Church aforesaid and in case of failure for ten years at 
any one time to keep a building upon the said lot for the above mentioned 
purpose then this grant and conveyance to be void and of no effect and 
the said James Webb and his heirs may revert and the said James Webb 
doth for himself and his heirs covenant to and with the said Trustees and 
their successors that the said James Webb and his heirs the right of the 
said Trustees, and other successors against the right title interest or claim 
of the said James Webb and his heirs of all living other persons claiming 
by through or under shall and will warrant and forever defend in wit- 
nesseth whereof the said James Webb hath hereunto set his hand and 
offered his seal this day and year above written. 

James Webb (Sealed) 
Feb. Ten, 1823 
Signed In Presence of 
Thomas Crowder 

Mr. James Webb was a Physician and lived near the home of Mr. 
Sam Hughes. He owned a Drug Store located across the street from his 
home, and also owned a large amount of land in Hillsborough. The Church 
property went back to the Webb family. As late as 1920, the Webb family 
owned this land. 

The first Hillsborough Methodist Church was built of wood and located 
on or near the property now owned by Mrs. Odell Clayton, which is west 
of the R.E.A. Property. The house used as the Church was built before 
the Methodist Church bought the land. 

The leading members were as follows: Joseph G. Bacon, Wiliam Rob- 
son, William Faucette, Joel Reynolds, Samuel Garrett, Thomas Holden, 
William Harris, and William Brown (grandfather of N. W. Brown). 

Mr. W. H. Brown (grandfather of N. H. Brown) came to Hillsborough 
in the year 1840. He was on his way to Tennessee and was persuaded by a 
Mr. Kirkland to live in Hillsborough. His home was located near Walker's 
Funeral Home. He owned the land where Corner Drug Store and Mary's 
Shop are now located. Mr. Brown owned Demmock Mill and a Tannery 
west of Hillsborough and was the leading member in the old Methodist 
Church. His wife was a French woman. 


Church — 1859: The deed for the Hillsborough Methodist Church is re- 
corded in Deed Book 36, Pages 156 and 157, dated April 4, 1859, from 
Henry N. Brown to Methodist Episcopal Church South, which conveys a tract 
of land fronting on Tryon Street 100 feet, with a depth of 150 feet. The 
lot number is 95. 

Henry N. Brown sold the land to the Church April 4, 1859. $200.00 
was paid for the land. Joseph Bacon, William H. Brown, William Stray- 
horn, John McMann, Sam Filmore, Robert Faucette and Roseoe Hooker 
were Trustees at this time. 

The old church showed much sign of the tooth of time when its mem- 
bers decided to build a new structure on a different lot. The money was 
raised for the building, and Captain John Berry was given the contract. 
He took the old building as part pay for the job and moved the timber 
two miles east of Hillsborough and used it for outbuildings. 

The Board of Stewards at this time were Henry N. Brown, Chm., 
Dr. O. Hooker, Secretary and Treasurer. (Dr. O. Hooker was a medical 
doctor and after he became unable to travel, he opened a drug store, now 
known as James Pharmacy), Daniel D. Phillips, I. R. Gattis, D. A. Robert- 
son, I. A. Hedgepeth, and H. L. Owens. The membership was composed of 
many of the leading citizens of the town 

During the war, when the Confederates found that they were lacking 
in cannons to hold their lines, they tried to get the church to donate the 
bell to be melted and added to their cannon supply, but the church turned 
down the proposition. 

In 1886, the church had a membership of 81. It emerged from the 
smoke of war, which had raged about it for four years, with many of her 
members left on the battlefield and others scattered to the four corners 
of the earth. (Since that day, some very strong men have served it as 
pastors: N. H. Wilson, J. H. Wheeler, whose wife was buried in the front 
yard of the church, W. C. Wilson, T. M. Grant, J. Ormond, S. F. Nicks. 
J. L. Smith, and A. J. Parker). 

This article was taken from the News and Observer, March 13, 1952. 
At this time, there were 192 members in Sunday School, with 152 stu- 
dents. J. Clyde Ray, Superintendent. The Epworth League with 26 mem- 
bers, presided over by J. B. Midgett. The Charge Layleader was Professor 
G. . A. Brown; F. Y. Noell, Secretary; R. J. Forrest, Treasurer; J. L. Brown, 
N. W. Brown, E. C. Liner, J. Clyde Ray, and Fred Smith were members 
of the Board. 

Preaching services First Sunday Nights, Second Sunday 11:00 a.m., 
and 7:30 p.m., Sunday School at 9:45. T. M. Arrowsmith was Mayor of 
the town. 

In 1851 considerable space was given to reports of the Sunday School 
in the Districts of North Carolina. Hillsborough Circuit, 12 schools, 54 of- 
ficers and teachers, 415 scholars. The catechism of the church was placed 
at the earliest time in the hands of the parents and children to help stim- 
ulate the children to obtain the knowledge of God. 

In 1880 the following papers were being used in the Sunday School 
work: "Sunday School Teachers Magazine," Lesson Quarterlies, "Sunday 
School Visitor," "Our Little People," and "The Infant Class." Song books 
advertised were "The Gem," "Amaranth" and "New Life." 

In 1881 a complaint was frequently heard, that some people were 


observed leaving Sunday School and not remaining for Church. (No one 
but the person himself was to blame.) (From 1950 — News clipping.) 

In 1892, there were six Churches on the Hillsborough Methodist 

The New Methodist Church in Hillsboro was dedicated to the service 
of God by the Rev. William Barringer on the 6 h day of October, 1861. 
The text was Col. 1:27, 28 "Which is Christ in you the hope of glory; 
whom we preach." (Rev. Barringer was F.E. of the Raleigh District.) 

The first sermon preached in the church by Rev. Jesse A. Curringgins, 
from Psalms 51:12 and 13 verses. 

When the church was first built the floor in the Sanctuary was slant- 
ing downward toward the pulpit. There was a large stove in the middle 
aisle at the back of the church. The pipe that was used is still in ihe 
attic of the church. There was also another stove where the organ is 
now located. Several years later a furnace was installed in the Church 
with the opening for the floor furnace on the east side near the first row 
of pews. 

In the year 1935, a steam heating sys'em was installed in the church. 
This system is still being used but has been changed from a coal stoker 
furnace to oil which is much simpler in operating. 

In the summer of 1961 an air conditioning unit was installed. 


The Bible in the Church was printed at the University Press, Oxford, 
London, England, sold by E. Gardner and Son, Oxford Bible Warehouse. 
Written on the Bible is as follows: Methodist Episcopal Church, Hills- 
borough, N. C, 1860. 

Hillsborough Methodist Church Parsonage — 1961 


Parsonage: On April 13, 1891 Mr. C. M. Parks sold land to Hillsboruogh 
Methodist Church. H. N. Brown, Sr., S. M. Gattis, J. Harris, and a Mr. 
Corley were trustees of the Church. (S. M. Gattis was Clerk of Superior 
Court.) The first parsonage used was located on this land now owned by 
Mr. S. Strudwick. The house now is the home of Mr. Paul Hogan. During 
this time, Reverend Fox was pastor of the Hillsborough Methodist Church 
Miss Mary Spurgeon and Mrs. Mary Riley have told the story of visiting 
the home of Rev. Fox about the year 1900. The house was sold to a colored 
man by the name of Moore. Later, Mr. Paul Hogan's father bought the 

April 29th, 1903 the members of the Hillsborough Methodist Church 
desired a new location for the parsonage. They sold the land to Mr. S. 
Strudwick, and the house was moved to the present location, now occupied 
Mr. Paul Hogan. 

The first Methodist Parsonage. Is one of the oldest houses in Hills- 
borough. At that time, it was located on the lot now owned by Mr. S. 
Strudwick. Now the home of Mr. and Mrs. P. W. Hogan. 

The land was bounded on the north by Union Street, east by James 
Norwood, south by James Norwood, and west by Churton Street. The land 
contained .9 acres. 

Trustees were as follows: H. N. Brown, Sr., S. M. Gattis, J. A. Harris, 
O. J. Forrest, and James Hedgepeth. 

H. Hamilton was Clerk of Court at this time. (This information from 
Book No. 57, Pages 208 and 209.) 

The present location of the parsonage was bought from James Webb 
April 30, 1903. George C. Corbin bought this property Oct. 30, 1878 and 
sold the land and house to James Webb, Jr. and Joseph C. Webb, in 
January, 1890. (James Webb, Jr. was a son of Dr. James Webb.) The land 
north and east was owned by Mrs. Susan W. Graham. This lot was known, 
as No. 94. $ 

James R. Gattis and Mary A. Gattis sold this property to George C. 
Corbin October 8, 1878. One thousand, three hundred and fifty dollars was 


paid for the property. 

The house used as the parsonage in 1903 was a five room house, one 
story in height. Reverend Blalock was pastor about the year 1920 when 
the house was remodeled and a second story was added. This house was 
used until the year 1956 when Reverend Seawell was pas'or. 

The present parsonage was built in the years 1957-58. The dedication 
service was on Sunday, March 9, 1958 at 3:00 p.m. The building committee 
chairman was Taylor Bivins. The pastor, Rev. W. A. Seawell, was serving, 
and the District Superintendent was Dr. C. D. Barclift. The cost of the 
building was about $22,000.00. New Sharon Church and Hillsborough 
Methodist Church built the parsonage together. Two years later, each 
church became a station Church. 

The lot, No. 94, contains 264 feet depth and 165 feet frontage. 
Sunday School 1908-1909 

Rev. M. M. McFariland was pastor of the Hillsborough Methodist 
Church in the year 1908. Miss Carrie Dunn was treasurer of the Sunday 
School and J. A. Harris was superindent. N. W. Brown was Assistant Super- 
intendent. Teachers included Mr. H. N. Brown, Mrs. W E. Stewart, Mrs. 
N. W. Brown, Mrs. M. M. McFarland, and Miss Maggie Forrest. 

Collection for January 


Collection for February 


Collection for March 


Collection for April 



J. A. Harris 

Olander Cole 

Weaver Roach 

N. W. Brown 

Clarence Ray 

Mary Whitaker 

Mrs. H. N. Brown 

Miss Nichols 

Flora Ray 

Mrs. McFarland 

Mrs. John Roach 

Nell Brwoning 

Ruble Brown 

Mabel Strayhorn 

Blanche Cole 

Parks Wilson 

Charlie Crabtree 

Mildred Williams 

R. T. Haley 

O. D. Turner 

Willie Graham 

Willie Smith 

Thelbert Lloyd 

Ralph Williams 

Carrie Dunn 

Clyde Scott 

Owen Robertson 

Effie Smith 

Ruby Roach 

M. Parrott 

Snodie Cole 

Max Browning 

Effie Ray 

Maria Parrish 

Mildred Parrott 

Margaret Rosemond 

Virginia Cole 

J. C. Scott 

Ormond Crabtree 

Milton Taylor 

Irene Whitaker 

Sue Turner 

Banks Scott 

H. N. Brown, Jr. 

Wilbur McFarland 

Felix Scott 

Mrs. R. T. Haley 

Mrs. H. N. Brown, Jr, 

Ivey Smith 

Lee O. Brown 

Hattie Brown 

Curtis Scott 

Clifford Ray 

Mrs. Charlie Crabtree 

Pearl Gordon 

Van Kenion 

Alice Anderson 

James Parrott 

C. Graham 

Bertie (A. T.) Lloyd 

Sam Gattis 

Bert Graham 

Ora Scott 

Clyde Ray 

Mrs. W. L. Smith 

Glenora Smith 

Willie Sharp 

Alice McFarland 

Gladys Scott 

Otes Conklin 

Estelle Brown 

Bert Brown 

Emma Robertson 

Brunice Cole 

Brown Gordon 

Linda Roach 

Bera Dunn 


The membership of our Church School 1909 was 100. Mr. J. A. Harris 
was superintendent. Mr. Bertie Lloyd, Assistant Superintendent, and Miss 
Carrie Dunn, Secretary ad Treasurer. Teachers were as follows: Mrs. 
H. N. Brown, Mrs. N. W. Brown, Mrs. W. E. Stewart, Mrs. M. M. Mc 
Farland, Mrs. R. T. Haley, and Mr. N. W. Brown. 

Collections: Jan. 
























Membership Methodist Church — year about 1910 
Mr. Speck Faucette — Treasurer 

Lizzie Anderson 
John Bland 
Mrs. Bland 
Emma Lloyd 
Margaret Brown 
N. W. Brown 
Rubie G. Brown 
Leigh Brown 
H. N. Brown 
Henry Brown, Jr. 
Estelle Brown 
Julia Brown 
J. L. Brown 
Mrs. J. L. Brown 
Maude Brown 
Alan Browning 
Minnie Browning 
Max Browning 
Nell Browning 
Alan Browning, Jr. 
T. J. Burroughs 
Hattie Brown 
J. E. Carter 
Mrs. J. E. Carter 
James Carter 
Margaret Carter 
Frances Carter 
N. L. Causey 
Mrs. Causey 
Sallie W. Christmas 
Virgin Cole 
Mrs. Mary Cole 
Mrs. Annie Cole 
J. M. Conklin 
Maggie Conklin 

Maggie E. Forrest 
Oswin Forrest 
Ben B. Forrest 
Mary Belle Forrest 
Felix Forrest 
Robert Forrest 
Vincent Forest 
Frances Forrest 
Marvin Fowler 
Glenora Fowler 
S. M. Gattis, Sr. 
Margaret Gattis 
S. M. Gattis, Jr. 
Mrs. J. G. Godfre* 
Amelia Gordon 
Effie Gordon 
Mrs. Roan Graham 
B. O. Hester 
M. E. Hester 
Frances N. Hester 
J. C. Haley 
Joe P. Hassell 
Louise W. Hassell 
Mrs. Henry Her 
Mrs. Ida Johnson 
W. H. Jordan 
Lydia Jordan 
Pearl Jordan 
Effie Jordan 
Wm. P. Jordan 
Mrs. Annie Jordan 
Annie Kenion 
Mae Latta 
Cora H. Lewis 
Annie C. Lockhart 

Ella Roach 
Robert Roach 
Ruby Roach 
Owen Robertson 
Emma Robertson 
C. G. Rosemond 
Addie Rosemond 
Glenn Rosemond 
Lillie Rosemond 
Genie Rosemond 
Margaret Rosemond 
J. C. Scott 
Celia Scott 
Banks Scott 
Clyde Scott 
Ora Scott 
Gladys Scott 
Curtis Scott 
Margaret Smith 
Ivey Smith 
Frances Smith 
Alice Smith 
Snodie Stancell 
Cora Stewart 
Georgie Stutts 
Mrs. Mattie Taylor 
Glenn Thomas 
C. C. Tilley 
Mrs. C. C. Tiley 
Lucius Tilley 
Annie Belle Tilley 
C. D. Turner 
J. F. Turner 
Emma Turner 
Estelle Ward 


Wm. C. Crabtree 
Annie Crabtree 
Ormond Crabtree 
O. G. Crawford 
Ruth Crawford 
Ella Crawford 
R. D. Daniel 
Mrs. Ida Daniel 
Nell Daniel 
Mary Helen Daniel 
Mary Dodson 
George Dunn 
Nannie Dunn 
Hattie Dunn 
Bera Dunn 
Rudie Dunn 
Carrie Dunn 
Fannie Faucette 
Fletcher R. Faucette 
R. C. Faucette 
Josephine Forrest 

A. T. Lloyd 

Mary W. Lloyd 

Agnes Lloyd 

Ethel Lloyd 

Evelyn Lloyd 

Thelbert W. Lloyd 

Julia Lynch 

Mrs. Thomas E. Lynch 

Annie Parrish 

Miss Emma Pogue 

Willie Pollard 

Carrie G. Porter 

C. J. Ray 

Blanch Ray 

John C. Ray 

J. Clyde Ray 

Mamie Ray 

Clarence Ray 

Flora Ray 

J. R. Roach 

Bess Whitfield 
Fletcher Williams 
Florence Williams 
Ruby Williams 
Otie Williams 
Alan Williams 
Iva Williams 
Alan Whitaker 
Mary Whitaker 
Ernest Spoon 
Paul Riley 
Inez Howard 
S. P. Lockhart 
Carrie B. Lockhart 
H. Longwell 
F. Y. Noell 
Oma Rhew 
Minnie Rhew 
Weaver Roach 
W. B. Rosemond 
Mrs. W. B. Rosemond 

Sanctuary of Hillsborough Methodist Church 
Cross carved by Mr. S. Strudwick, 1957 


G. A. Brown 

Several years ago the HILLSBOROUGH CHARGE consisted of about 
seven Churches. As late as the years 1940-1945, there were at least four 
churches on this charge. Churches that were connected with the Church 
over the past years are as follows: 

New Sharon Church — | 


New Sharon Church, organized in 1768 
Membership 265 

Union Grove Methodist Church was organzied in 1846. Leaders were: 
Thomas Long, Lemuel Carroll, Thomas C. Hayes, Calvin Bishop, and 
Daniel Thomas. First pastor: Alston Gray. Cornerstone present building 
laid 1946. This Church seats about 200; membership — 100. 


Lebanon Methodist Church, organized in 1820; building erected in 1937. 
The old building was destroyed in 1936. The church seats 250; member- 
ship — 145. 

Cedar Grove Methodist Church was organized about 1830; present build- 
ing erected in 1937, seats 200, membership — 225. 

New Cedar Grove Church — 1937 

^fi~rj».*f=/W~ 108 

Eno Methodist Church was organized about 1913. This Church is located 
in West Hillsborough. Membership: 147. 


Palmer's Grove Methodist Church was organized in the early 1920's. 
The church was erected in 1938. Leaders in its organization were: E. T. 
Blakeley, R. F. Murdock, and T. H. Yates. Membership: 106. 

Choir Director, Organist, and Pianist, Hillsborough Methodist Church 

Mrs. Anne Lockhart served as Choir Director for several years; Mrs. 
Pauline Lloyd served as Organist and Sunday School teacher for 25 years; 
Miss Grace Bivins served as pianist; Mrs. Agnes Lloyd Mincey served as 
pianist; Mrs. J. J. Ward served as pianist; Miss Frances Carter, pianist; 
Mrs. E. R. Dowdy, Choir Director. 


Walnut Grove Methodist Church 

Organized about 1850; building erected in 1939 


First Baptist Church 



Hillsborough Baptist Church 
Ij^fiifiH b y Ca P ta?n ^ ohn Berr y 

Presbyterian Church — 1816 


Episcopal Church built 1824. 

The land was given by Chief 

Justice Thomas Ruffin 



Superintendents of Sunday School 

1900 to 1961 

H. N. Brown 

J. A. Harris 

N. W. Brown 

A. T. Lloyd (Assistant) 

Alan Browning 

*Served longer than anyone else. 

Fred Noell 

J. Clyde Ray (1925-1932) 

G. A. Brown 

J. B. Midgett* 

Marion Clark 

Sunday School Teachers — 1900-1961 

Marion Allison 

N. W. Brown 

Mrs. N. W. Brown 

Mr. G. A. Brown 

Mrs. H. H. Brown 

Mr. Alan Browning (39 years) 

Mrs. J. E. Blalock 

Mrs. Stella Nicks Bartlett 

Mr. Paul Carr 

Mrs. Bera Cates 

Mr. Marion Clark 

Mr. R. D. Daniels 

Mrs. J. V. Early 

Mrs. E. W Fox 

Miss Mary B. Forrest 

Miss Maggie Forrest 

Mrs. R. T. Haley 

Mr. Vance Isenhour 

Mr. Otto King 

Mrs. F. A. Lupton 

Mrs. Pauline 0. Lloyd 

A. A. Lloyd 

Miss Rebecca Liner 

Mrs. Molly Latta 

Mr. J. B. Midgett 

Dr. H. W. Moore 

Mr. Vance Martin 

Mrs. M. M. McFarland 

Mrs. Agnes Lloyd Mincey 

Mrs. S. F. Nicks 

Mrs. J. R. Ormond 

Mrs. Mamie Ray 

Mr. J. C. Ray 

Mrs. Mary Riley 

Mrs. C. R. Ross 

Mrs. W. E. Stewart 

Mr. Ted Shoaf 

Mrs. Hattie D. Williams 

Mr. O. L. Thomas 

Mrs. O. L. Thomas 

Mrs. J. F. Turner 

Mrs. A. M. Williams 

Mrs. Vera Whitaker 

Mrs. Ira Ward 

Mrs. J. J. Ward 

Enrollment - 

- Methodist Church — 1961 

Allison, Marion 

Bivins, Tom 

Allison, Margaret 

Bivins, Nettie 

Allison, Craig 

Bivins, John 

Allison, Karen 

Bivins, Carolyn 

Bacon, Vesta 

Bivins, Betty 

Bacon, J. J. 

Bivins, Evelyn 

Bason, Earl 

Bivins, Hubert 

Bason, Mrs. Earl 

Brown, Mrs. J. L. 

Berry, Helen 

Brown, Maude 

Ballard, John 

Brown, Hattie 

Ballard, Mrs. John 

Brown, Randolph 

Bivins, Harold 

Brown, Lucius 

Bivins, Ellen 

Brown, Mrs. Lucius 

Bivins, Beverly 

Brown, Lucius, III 


Brown, Barbara 

Brown, Herman, Jr. 

Brown, Joyce 

Brown, G. A. 

Brown, Mrs. G. A. 

Brown, Bobby 

Brown, Harry 

Brown Henrietta 

Browning, Mrs. Alan 

Broadwell, Graham 

Brown, Estelle 

Brown, Laney 

Brown, Julia 

Broili, Grace Mitchell 

Burch, Hugh 

Burch, Mrs. Hugh 

Bartlette, Stella 

Cates, Mrs. M. L., Sr. 

Cates, James R. 

Cates, M. L., Jr. 

Cates, Mrs. M. L., Jr. 

Cates, Chandler 

Cates, Mrs. Chandler 

Cates, Suzianne 

Cates, Faye 

Cates, Karl M. 

Cates, Madison 

Cates, Mrs. Madison 

Cates, Marvin 

Cole, Mrs. Annie B. 

Cole, Mrs. C. C. 

Coman, J. H. 

Coman, Mrs. J. H. 

Carr, Mr. and Mrs. G. P., Sr. 

Carr, Joy 

Carr, Paul, Jr. 

Cromer, Mrs. C. T. 

Cox, Mary 

Chance, Mrs. Wiliam 

Chance, Ora 

Chance, Fred 

Conklin, Mrs. J. M. 

Crabtree, Jim 

Crabtree, Mrs. Jim 

Crabtree, Ormond 

Crabtree, Mrs. N. D. 

Crawford, Ruth 

Clark, Marion 

Clark, Margaret 

Clark, Judy 

Coley, Gladys 

Cannady, Barbara 

Crawford, Mrs. Ann 

Dowdy, E. R. 

Dowdy, Mrs. E. R. 

Dowdy, Judy Carol 

Dowdy, Jack 

Forrest, George 

Forrest, John 

Forrest, Everett 

Forrest, Beth 

Forrest, Mrs. Billye 

Forrest, Patricia 

Forrest, Terry 

Forrest, Vincent 

Forrest, Mrs. R. O. 

Forrest, Mary B. 

Forrest, Jake 

Forrest, Mrs. Virginia 

Forrest, Roy 

Forrest, Mrs. Roy 

Forrest, Teresa 

Forrest, Phyllis 

Forrest, Bobby 

Forrest, Mrs. Bobby 

French, Grace Bivins 

Gattis, Mrs. Virginia 

Gattis, Jean 

Gordon, Mr. and Mrs. B. P., Sr. 

Gordon, B. P., Jr. 

Gordon, Mable 

Gordon, Mark 

Gilmore, Will 

Gilmore, Robert 

Gilmore, Mrs. Robert 

Gentry, Paul 

Gentry, Mrs. Paul 

Hayes, Mrs. Maude 

Huvane, Helen R. 

Isenhour, Vance 

Isenhour, Betty 

Isenhour, Skippy 

James, Mrs. Oma 

James, Charlotte 

Kenyon, Charles 

Kenyon, Van 

Kenyon, Van 

Kenyon, Mrs. Van 

Kenyon, S. Alice 

Kenyon, Nicky 


Kenyon, V. L., m 

King,0 tto 

King, Mrs. Otto 

King, W. C. 

King, Timothy 

Kimbrough, S. T. 

Kimbrough, Mrs. S. T. 

Kimbrough, David 

Knight, Clarence 

Knight, Mrs. Clarence 

Knight, Gene 

Knight, Jack 

Knight, Joel 

Laws, Ed 

Laws, Mrs. Ed 

Liner, E. C. 

Liner, Mrs. E. C. 

Liner, N. Carol 

Liner, Cornelius 

Latta, Mrs. Molly 

Liner, Swain 

Liner, Miss Rebecca 

Lloyd, Pauline 

Lloyd, A. A. 

Lloyd, Evelyn 

Lloyd, Mary 

Lloyd, Helen 

Lloyd, Edna 

Lloyd, Nellie R. (Haithcock) 

Loftin, Dalton 

Loftin, Mrs. Dalton 

Lockhart, Mrs. Annie 

Lockhart, Eugene 

Lynch, Mrs. Daisy 

Martin, Vance 

Martin, Mrs. Vance 

Marshall, R. C. 

Marshall, Mrs. R. C. 

Marshall, Tommie 

Marshall, Beth 

Mays, H. M. 

Mays, Mrs. H. M. 

Midgett, J. B. 

Mdgett, Helen 

Midgett, John 

Miller, Jack 

Miller, rs. Jack 

Miller, Larry 

Miller, Garland 

Miller, Flora 

Miller, Frank 

Miller , Cecil 
Miller, Mrs. Cecil 
Miller, Leroy 
Miller, Mrs. Leroy 
Minnis, Odell 
Minnis, Mrs. Odell 
Minnis, J. S. 
Minnis, Sam 
Minnis, Gladys 
Minnis, R. C, Jr. 
Minnis, Mrs. R. C, Jr. 
Minnis, Donna 
Minnis, Don 
Mitchell, Dorothy 
Mitchell, Mrs. Wm. 
Mitchell, Wm., Jr. 
Moore, Dr. H. W. 
Moore, Mrs. H. W. 
Moore, Walton 
Moore, Billie 
Moore, Faye T. 
Noel, F. Y. 
Nicks, Mrs. S. F. 
Norris, John 
Norris, Mrs. John 
Patterson, Quentin 
Patterson, Mrs. Quentin 
Powell, Horace 
Powell, Mrs. Horace 
Parrish, C. B. 
Farrish, Mrs. C. B. 
Porter, Ross 
Porter, Margaret 
Porter, F. R. 
Porter, Forrest 
Riley, Mrs. Herbert 
Reinhardt, Joe F. 
Reinhardt, Mrs. Joe 
Reinhardt, Harvey 
Reinhardt, Joan 
Rheinhardt, Mary 
Rheinhardt, Betty L. 
Reinhardt, Lucy 
Reterstoff, Elsie 
Ray, J. Clyde 
Ray, Mrs. Mamie 
Ray, Kathryn 
Reitzel, George 
Richmond, Mrs. J. W. 
Richmond, Bruce 
Richmond, J. W., Jr. 


Rhew, Curtis 

Rhew, Mrs. Curtis 

Rosemond, James 

Rosemond, J. F. 

Rosemond, Betty S. 

Rosemond, Marvin 

Robinson, Clifton 

Robinson, Mrs. Clifton 

Rogers, Russell 

Rogers, Margaret 

Rogers, Martha Lockhart 

Scott, Clyde 

Stanfield, Nick 

Smith, Ted 

Smith, Mrs. Ted 

Summey, Warren 

Summey, Mrs. "Warren 

Sharpe, Mr. & Mrs. Wayland 

Smith, Mrs. H. L. 

Shope, Mrs. J. . 

Shoaf, Ted 

Shoaf, Mrs. Ted 

Terrell, Mrs. Mary F. 

Terrell, Edward 

Teer, George 

Teer, Mrs. George 

Teer, George, Jr. 

Teer, Marvin 

Thomas, Ralph 

Thomas, Mrs. 0. L. 

Thomas, Seth 

Thomas, Harry 

Thmoas, Glenn 

Thomas, Roy 

Thomas, Mrs. Roy 
Thomas, Rebecca 
Turner, Frank 
Turner, Clifton 
Turner, Louise 
Tatum, Mrs. Carolyn 
Turner, Billie 
Turner, Flossie 
Turner, Mrs. Bunn, Jr. 
Turner, Delma 
Turner, Mrs. Delma 
Ward, Ira 
Ward, Mrs. Ira 
Williams, Larry 
Williams, Ted 
Warren, Mrs. Helen 
Walker, Mrs. Frank 
Williams, Hattie 
Williams, Mrs. Alton 
Williams, Alton 
Williams, P. R. 
Williams, Kaye 
Walser, Mrs. R. C. 
Whataker, Vera R. 
Williams, Carrie 
Whitaker, Donald 
Williams, Mrs. A. M. 
Williams, Mrs. Peggy Jean 
Worley, Annie L. Clark 
Wright, Donald 
Wright, Mrs. Donald 
Winstead, Jean 
York, Ruby Laws 

A map of Hillsborough, 1839, was found in papers of John C. Bailey, 
Southern Historical Collection, U.N.C. 

As follows: 
Rouhlac Place, N.E. Town 
Queen Street 

Dennis Heartt Residence 

Dr. Long (Son-in-law of James Webb) 

Dr. James Webb's residence * f-^"- 

Dr. James Webb's Drug Store ^ 
Church Street (Now Tryon Street) 

Hillsborough Methodist Church 

Female Academy 
King Street 

Court House 

Whipping Post 




Barber Shop 

Stephen Moore's Residence 

(Now Dr. Murphy's Residence) 
Kirkland's Tan Yard 

Churton Street 

Dennis Heartt Printing Shop 

(Now A. H. Graham's Law Office) 
Several Stores and Taverns 

Mr Jr A r -LL Graham's residence — (J 

Sam Kirkland's Residence. 

R. O. Forrest, died 1959 

J. L. Brown, died 1960 



Church Sc 


Servke * 

Mrs. O. L. Thomas 

J. Scott 


<•;•'■: •; :.,...• - ; :';i.; %'.-<-%@%fflg& 

Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Turner 

J. Clyde Ray 

S. M. Gattis 

Charles James, died 1957 


Mr. "Speck" Faucette 

A great friend of the young 

people of Hillsboro 

Dr. H. W. Moore 







Hillsborough Presbyterian Church — 1816 

(Picture furnished by Mrs. Alfred Engstrom.) 
Showing "Old Session House" with steeple. 

Presybterian Church Sanctuary — 1962 


Dr. Bradshaw and Others at Picnic at Duke's Farm 


Toward the close of the seventeenth century, Scotland was the scene 
of endless commotions. Many of the Scotch, who were almost exclusively 
Presbyterians, fled first to Holland and then to Ireland. After remaining 
in Ireland a number of years they were driven to another country to 
seek religious liberty, and they came directly from Ireland to this country. 
They were called "Scotch-Irish." 

About 1738 or 1739 thftse people settled along the Cape Fear, Black, 
Tar, Haw, Little, Flat, and Eno Rivers. They at once built "Meeting 
Houses" and services were held by members of the communities. Many 
years passed before thy had settled ministers and organized churches. 

On the Eno River such a place of worship was built. The church at 
Cedar Grove bears the name of the river on the banks of which the 
first Eno Presbyterian Church was built. 

About the year 1790, there came a young Scotchman, William Kirk- 
land, from Ayrshire, Scotland, to Hillsborough to engage in mercantile 
pursuits. On the eve of Christmas 1792, he married Miss Margaret B. 
Scott, and the following year, 1793, their oldest child, Anne, was born. 
In 1799, he purchased the old Tew homestead, and lived there the re- 
mainder of his life. Judge Ruffin, (an outstanding citizen of Hillsborough) 
married Anne Kirkland December 7, 1809. 


"Presbyterian" is the name of a Protestant denomination. The name 
comes from a Greek word meaning "elder." The Presbyterian Church is 
governed by its ministers and ruling "elders." The elders are elected by 
the congregation and, together with the pastor, are entrusted with its 
spiritual oversight. Deacons look after the poor, and trustees are in charge 
of the church's finances. 

The ruing courts, or juricatories, of the Presbyterian Church are 
the sessions, the presbytery, the synod, and the General Assembly. A 
"session," which is composed of the pastor and the ruling elders, governs 


a congregation. A "presbytery" is made up of ministers and elders from 
a limited district. A "synod" is made up of ministers and elders chosen 
from the presbyteries in a still larger area. The high court of the Pres- 
byterian Church is the General Assembly, which is composed of repre- 
sentatives from every presbytery in the denomination. The General 
Assembly, which meets once a year, exercises a general control over the 
Presbyterian and Calvinistic Beliefs 

The central idea is the absolute sovereignty of God. The supreme 
standard of belief is the Bible. The subordinate standards of belief of the 
Presbyterian Church in the United States are the Westminster Confessions 
of Faith and the larger and shorter catechism, which were adopted in 
1729. Membership required only a profession of faith in Jesus Christ 
and of obedience to Him. 
Presbyterian Church of Hillsborough 

The Presbyterian Church was built by the people of the town and 
was for everybody. The money used to build the church was secured by 
means of a lottery which was authorized by the legislature. The present 
church was built of English brick about 1816 to replace an old structure 
erected by colonial Episcopalians. It is not known who organized this 
church. The records of the early church were destroyed by fire when Rev. 
Witherspoon's house was burned on January 1, 1827. 

The cemetery near the church was laid out in 1754. 

The Presbyterian services were first held in the old courthouse in 
Hillsborough by Rev. David Caldwell, John Selok, and others. In 1777, 
for the first time, regular services were held at Little River, New Hope, 
and Hawfields. 

The Presbyterian Church grounds, on August 20, 1775, served as a 
meeting place for 184 delegates from every county in the colony of North 
Carolina to discuss matters of government, taxation, military strength, 
allegiance to the crown, and hostile Indians. 

It is said that in this building, which fell into the hands of the 
Presbyterians at the close of the American Revolution, affairs of the 
State were settled. The town clock, given to Hillsborough by the King 
of England, once hung in the shingled tower. 

When the present Presbyterian Church was built, it did not have 
a steeple. 
Colored Members Received 

On May 27, 1886, Haywood Craig was received on profession. On 
November 17, 1895, Albert Long became a member by certificate from 
New Hope Church. 

The Hillsborough Recorder, 1861, gave a list of story books from the 
Presbyterian Church of Hillsborough, as, follows: 
Collatorial Bible, 4th Vol. 
Hodge's History of Presbyterian Church 
Cudsworth's Intellectual System, 1st Vol 
McCheyne's Works 
Shakespeare, 2nd Vol., 8th Vol. 
Goldsmith's World 
Pope's Works 
Reliques of Ancient English Poetry 


Hillsborough, North Carolina 

Many years before a Presbyterian Church was organized n Hills- 
borough, services were held by this denomination in the courthouse. 
The Reverend David Caldwell was the first of many ministers who held 
occasional services here, followed by the Revernd John DeBow and 
others. By 1777 regular worship services were held in Hillsboro by the 
Reverend Alexander McMillan, who also served the Little River and 
New Hope Churches. 

However, it was not until the Reverend John Knox Witherspoon 
came to Hillsboro from Wilmington, North Carolina, in 1816, that a church 
was organized. The present sanctuary was built, either in that year or 
shortly before, with the consent of the town authorities, on a lot reserved 
by them for a "church, a school house and a graveyard." Financial assis- 
tance may have been secured for the project through a lottery, approved 
by an act of the Legislature. 

The lot on which the Confederate Memorial Library now stands, was 
leased in the year 1836 for 99 years, for the sum of $100 paid to the 
town Commissioners, by James Webb, for the purpose of erecting a 
building to be used as a Sunday School room, under the care of the 
Presbyterian Church. The building was later used as a Session House. 

The Reverend John Knox Witherspoon was the first pastor of the 
church, serving it from 1816 to 1833. The first book of minutes of the 
Session of the Presbyterian Church in Hillsborough begins with "Articles 
of Faith and Covenant," which were formulated and approved on the 
organizational date, September 25, 1816. At the conclusion of the "Articles 
of Faith and Covenant" are the following names of persons who were 
the charter members. 

John Witherspoon, ordained pastor of this church 

September 25, 1816 
Susan D. Witherspoon 
Frederick Nash (Elder) 
Mary G. Nash 
James Phillips (Elder) 
Mary Phillips 
Ann A. Webb 
Mary Burke 
Henry Thompson, Sr. 
John Allison 

These nine members composed the first church roll, but pews were 
rented to a much larger numbr. From 1816 to 1833 th Session was 
often irregular in its meeting, and some years record but one meeting. 
The records are principally taken up with the names of those who pre- 
sented themselves before the Session for examination and admission to 
the church, and of those who were called before the Session for "bringing 
reproach upon the cause of Christ by their conduct." The latter disappeared 
from the records after March 24, 1872, when the following resolution 
was passed: 


After much thought and deliberation upon the subject the 
Session respectfully recommends that the book of discipline of the 
Presbyterian Church shall be so areldtered as to permit a member of 
the church who is leading an unchristian life or entertaining re- 
ligious opinions utterly inconsistent with our standards to withdraw 
from the Communion table, and from membership in the church 
without undergoing the regular trial at present prescribed for such 
cases, and that Presbytery be requested to send an overture to 
that effect to the General Assembly." 
From that time on, people were left more and more to the dictates 

of their own consciences as to their fitness for remaining a member of 

the Presbyterian Church. 

That the church had its struggles in those early days is proved by 
a special record of thanksgiving made by the Reverend Mr. Witherspoon 
in 1830, three years before the end of his seventeen years as pastor. 
It reads, "The Lord hath not utterly forsaken us, but amidst our long 
desolation hath again visited us with some token of his love and to His 
name be all the glory." Mr. Witherspoon served the church for seven- 
teen years, then moved to Hampdon-Sydney, Virginia, but later returned to 
Hilllsboro, and at his death in 1853 was buried in the cemetery not far 
from the door of the church. 

The Reverend S. J. Price assumed the pastorate in 1834, serving 
until 1835. The next to serve was the Reverend Robert Burwell, from 
1835 until 1848. Early in his ministry he and Mrs. Burwell opened a 
school for young women. This school, while he remained in Hillsborough, 
was well patrnoized, enabling him to serve the church with a very small 
salary. Miss Sally K. Nash, who was one of his assistants, continued 
the school after Mrs. Burwell left Hillsborough, with the assistance of her 
sister, Miss Maria Nash, and a relative, Miss Sarah Koljlock. A memorial 
tablet on the wall of the present sanctuary bears this inscription: "Sacred 
to the loving memory of Misses Nash and Miss Kollock, by their stu- 
dents. Being dead yet speaketh. Hebrews 11:4. 1926." 

The Reverend William B. Browne assumed the pastorate in- 1850, 
serving until 1851. On his leaving the Reverend Robert Burwell again 
served the church from 1851 until 1857. The Reverend P. A. Martin was 
the next pastor and served from 1858 to 1861. Upon his leaving, the 
Reverend H. B. Pratt came in 1861 and served until 1863. On October 4, 

1863 Mr. Pratt gave notice of his expectation to serve in the Army for 
the duration of the war, as soon as he could obtain a Chaplain's Com- 

The Reverend Halbert G. Hill served the church as pastor from 

1864 until 1866. The Reverend H. B. Pratt returned for a second pas- 
torate during 1867 and 1868. The Reverend William C Smith was pastor 
from 1869 to 1873. The Reverend James H. Fitzgerald came in 1874 and 
served until 1881. In his history, Mr. Fitzgerald gives credit to the labors 
of eminent evangelists for the increase in the membership of the church, 
and mentions the names of the Reverend Nettleton, the Reverend Dan- 
iel G. Russell, the Reverend Daniel Baker, and the Reverend Robert 


McNeill. Mr. Fitzgerald goes on to say that no history of the church 
would be complete without mention of the schools which have been 
located here. The first school mentioned was taught by William J. 
Bingham, a Ruling Elder of the church. He also says that while the 
school was here, "one of its excellent teachers, John Bingham, became 
a minister of the Gosel in the Presbyterian Church, but died soon after 
entering upon his work." Other schools mentioned by Mr. Fitzgerald were 
the Caldwell Institute and a school of which Mr. Ralph Graves was prin- 
cipal, and one presided over by Colonel Tew. Mr. Fitzgerald goes on to 
say that the schools mentioned were more particularly under Presby- 
terian auspices. 

A brief pastorate was that of the Reverend J. L. Williamson, 1882 
to 1883. At this time the church was grouped with the Chapel Hill Church. 
In 1884 a beloved pastor, the Reverend W. F. Wilhelm, began his work 
here and continued to serve the church until his death in 1893. Mr. Wil- 
helm was buried in the cemetery near the church. 

Th church was renovated in 1892, when the present unusual tower 
was placed on the building. The Reverend H. S. Bradshaw occupied the 
pulpit for six years following the death of Mr. Wilhelm, from 1894 to 
1900. The Reverend J. S. Goodman served as pastor from 1901 until 1905. 
He was followed by his predecessor, the Reverend H. S. Bradshaw, who 
stayed to serve the longest pastorate in the church's history, from August 
1894 to December 1900 in his first pastorate, and from April 1905 to 
July 1938 in his last pastorate, a total of thirty-nine years. Dr. Bradshaw 
was loved for his genial disposition and is remembered as an excellent 
pastor and friend, who gave the best years of his life to the service of 
the Hillsborough Presbyterian Church. At his death, Dr. Bradshaw was 
buried in the cemetery, nearby the church he had served so long. His 
wife, Mrs. Mary Nash Bradshaw, was church organist for a number of 
years, and was active in other phases of the church's work. 

In 1938 the Reverend S. Wilds DuBose began his nine year pastorate. 
During this time Mrs. Mary Beard Bivins, now Mrs. Roy T. Sherrod, Jr., 
went as a full-time Christian worker from this church, after receiving her 
Masters Degree at the Presbyterian School of Christian Education, Rich- 
mond, Virginia. Mrs. Sherrod is the wife of a Presbyterian minister. 
During the year 1943 contributions were first made toward a new edu- 
cational building. Dr. DuBose served the church from 1938 until 1947, 
when his resignation was sorrowfully accepted, as he and Mrs. DuBose had 
endeared themselves, not only to the members of th church, but to the 
community in general . 

In 1947 the Reverend Irving E. Birdseye became pastor of the church. 
A campaign in December of 1947 increased the building fund to half the 
amount needed to start the new proposed educational unit. On May 10, 
1948, with Messrs. Ben. G. Johnson, H. F. Latta, Sr., and D. Glenn Auman 
as the Building Committee, with Edwin M. Lynch as treasurer, the build- 
ing was begun. It was completed in November of 1948, and the debt 
having been removed, was dedicated October 30, 1949. During Mr. 
Birdseye's ministry, William J. Wrenn, Jr. became a candidate for 
the gospel ministry. During this time a new Baldwin Organ was given to 
the church by Mr. and Mrs. W. V. Fryer, in memory of R. H. Claytor, Sr. 


The Fryer family also gave a new carpet for the pulpit and aisles of 
the sanctuary. 

In May 1953 the Reverend C. H. Reckard assumed the pastorate 
and served the church until August 1960. During his ministry a new 
addition to the physical plant was made in the form of a fellowship 
hall, named Strudwick Hall in honor of Sheppard Strudwick. A new 
manse was also built and occupied in early 1958. The drawings for both 
the fellowship hall and the manse were made by Mr. Reckard. During 
this period a children's choir was organized and directed by Mrs. R. D. 
Copeland and Mrs. E. Wilson Cole, Jr. 

On February 1, 1961 the Reverend James H. Wade came from Ashe- 
boro, North Carolina, to be the minister of the Hillsborough Presbyterian 

In the minutes of the meetings of the Session down through the 
years, the names of Farrish, Kirkland, Heartt, Richards, Kenion, Claytor, 
and many others, are mentioned in connection with the offices of Elder 
and Deacon. Among the Clerks of the Session, the two serving the longest 
terms were: John Norwood, from 1836 to 1884, and Sheppard Strudwick, 
from 1904 to 1948. Mr. Strudwick also served as Sunday School Super- 
intendent for a great many years, and Mrs. Strudwick was Choir Director 
and Organist for a long period of time. At present the membership of 
the church is 241. Much emphasis is being given to the youth groups of 
the church. 

According to other records A. D. Montgomery, an Elder, is listed 
in Presbytery's records as having served several churches from 1822 
until 1852 or later; John Bingham, mentioned earlier, who died shortly 
after entering the ministry; Thomas Lynch who served a number of 
churches in Orange Presbytery, beginning in the year 1825; and William 
James Wren, Jr., who was licensed and ordained by Bethel Presbytery 
of South Carolina, in the Fall of 1958. 

Among the illustratious men buried in the walled cemetery, adjacent 
to the church are: Wiliam Hooper, one of the three North Carolinians, 
who represented the Colony at the signing and adoption of the Declaration 
of Independence in 1776; Archibald DeBow Murphey, Professor and 
Trustee of the State University, and a pioneer in the field of education; 
John Knox Witherspoon, the first pastor of the church, and a grandson 
of the famous Dr. John Witherspoon, signer of the Declaration of. Inde- 
pendence and early President of Princeton University; William A. Graham, 
one of North Carolina's most beloved Governors and a leader in the State, 
and in national politics; John Berry, who was famous as a brick mason, 
having built the old Courthhouse, the Masonic Lodge and several of the 
church buildings which are still in use; and many others of worthy note. 
The above were all Presbyterians except Mr. Hooper. 

To those who worship in the church today, something of the presence 
of those who toiled in other days seems to linger on. And, as the torch 
falls from the hands of this generation, it is hoped that future genera- 
tions will catch it, and bear it to greater heights for the glory of God and 
the betterment of mankind. 

By Eselle Anderson (Mrs. Alec T.) October 3, 1950, Revisions made 
April 1, 1961. 




John W. Witherspoon . . 1816-1833 

S. J. Price 1834-1835 

Robert Burwell 1836-1848 

William B. Browne 1850-1851 

Robert Burwell 1852- 

P. A. McMartin 1856-1861 

Henry B. Pratt 1861-1862 

Halbert G. Hill 1863-1866 

Henry B. Pratt 1867-1868 

William C. Smith 1869-1873 

Henry B. Pratt 1867-1868 

William C. Smith 1869-1873 

James H. Fitzgerald . 1873-1881 

James L. Williamson . 1882-1883 

N. F. Wilhelm 1884-1893 

H. S. Bradshaw 1894-1900 

J. N. Goodman 1901-1905 

H S. Bradshaw 1905-1938 

S. W. DuBose 1939-1947 

I. E. Birdseye 1947-1953 

J. H. Reckard 1953-1960 

J. H. Wade 1961- 













Prepared by: Mrs. R. R. Hooker 

Brief Sketch of Rev. James H. Wade 

1. Born in Williamston, West Virginia, March 18, 1914. 
2.i Paternal ancestry from a long line of Scotch-Irish Presbyterians 
who settled in the Valley of Virginia in Rockbridge County. 

3. From three years of age and later, lived at Staunton, Virginia, where 
he received elementary and high school education. 

4. Graduated from Maryville College, Maryville, Tennessee in 1936 with 
a B.A. degree, and from Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, 
Virginia in 1939 with a B.D. degree. 

5. Married Mary Elizabeth Mulcay of Augusta, Georgia in the spring 
of 1939. 

6. Two sons: James Houston Wade, Jr. born 1942 

Thomas Calvin Wade born in 1944 

7. Becoming a minister had been a lifelong desire. 

8. Churches served: Sandston Presbyterian Church (1939-1944) 

Sandston, Virginia 

Woodlawn Presbyterian Church (1944-1950) 
Hopewell, Virginia 

Cradock Presbyterian Church (1950-1953) 
Portsmouth, Virginia 
First Presbyterian Church (1953-1961) 
Asheboro, North Carolina 
Hillsborough Presbyterian Church (1961- ) 
9. The Hopewell and Asheboro churches were led in new church building 

10. Hobbies: woodworking and gardening. 

11. Became pastor of Hillsborough Presbyterian Church February 1, 1961. 


Rev. Henry B. Pratt — 1867-1868 

Rev. C. H. Reckard 
Pastor — 1953 through Aug., 1960 

Born Dec. 13, 1921, Huntington, 
W. Va.; educated in public schools 
there; B.S. Georgia Tech; B.D. and 
Th.M. Louisville Presbyterian The- 
ological Seminary. Married Maxine 
Orndorff of Huntington 1949. Pas- 
tor of Hillsborough Church, May 
1953 through August 1960. Pres- 
ently Asssociate Minister of Har- 
vey Browne Memorial Presbyterian 
Louisville, Kentucky. Three chil- 
dren — Charles Michael, Rebecca 
Hambrick, James Edward. Three 
years Air Corps WW H as com- 
munications officer. Captain. 

Rev. James H. Wade 


Presbyterian Church — 1816 
The Hillsborough Presbyterian Church grounds were the scene of sev- 
eral Revolutionary assembly meetings. In the cemetery are the graves 
of William Hooper, William A. Graham, James Hogg, Sarah J. 
Kollock, Archibald D. Murphy and many other prominent 


Members Who Have Held Office in The Church 

A. W. Kenion (Reacon) 
Clerk of Superior Court for 
Orange County 

Dr. C. D. Jones (Elder) 

Physician for 50 years in 

Hillsborough, N. C. 

R. H. Claytor Elder) 

Superintendent of Orange County 


Sidney Green Elder) 

Superintendent of Eno Cotton 

Mills. 1958) 


Four generations of Kirkland Family, who were faithful members 
of the Hillsborough Presbyterian Church. 

William Kirkland 

John U. Kirkland 
(Grandfather of Sam Kirkland) 

John W. Kirkland, Jr. 
(Father of Sam Kirkland) 

Sam S. Kirkland 


Hillsborough Presbyterian Manse 


E. M. Lynch (Deacon) 

Clerk of Superior Court 

Orange County 


Mr. Shepperd Strudwick 
Mr. S. Strudwick, Mrs. Strudwick, Shepperd and Edmond Strudwick, 
Mr. Strudwick served 58 years as an elder. Superintendent of the 
Sunday School for 40 years, Office of Clerk of the Session for 44 
years (longer than any other in the Church's history) and at his 
death he was the oldest member of the church. He gained a reputation 
as a wood carver, in his later life, and carved the beautiful crosses 
in the Presbyterian and Methodist Sanctuaries, along with many 
other things of beauty. 


^%0l&f** l *»*. 

R. R. Hooker 

Born July, 1880. (Elder). Prepared 

the list of preachers and the dates 

served Hillsborough Presbyterian 

Church (1816-1961). 

Dr. B. N. Roberts (Elder) 
Born — Hillsborough. Educated 
Hillsborough High School, UNC, 
and University of Maryland. 
Practiced medicine in Hills- 
borough for about 34 years. 


Hillsborough, N. C. 


— Prepared by Rev. James H. Wade 


Mr. and Mrs. Bernard F. Allison, Jr. 
Mr. and Mrs. Alec T. Anderson 
Miss Alice Anderson 
Mr. and Mrs. D. Glenn Auman 

Muriel Victor Auman 

Catherine Graham Auman 
Mr. and Mrs. David H. Baird 

Martha Karen Baird 

David Hamilton Baird, Jr. 
Mrs. Nancy G. Barbour 
Stewart Gordon Barbour 
Mr. and Mrs. Ed P. Barnes 

Ed Ray Barnes 

Joseph Wilson Barnes 

Frana Kay Barnes 
Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Beard 
Mr. and Mrs. John L. Bell 

John Logan Bell, Jr. 

Sarah Louise Bell 
Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Blackwelder 

Charles Frances Blackwelder 
Mr. and Mrs. Ned D. Blackwelder 
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. R. Blackwelder 
Mr. and Mrs. Harry P. Breeze 
Curtis P. Brown 
Mr. and Mrs. Edward S. Brown 
Mrs. Fred Brown 

T. Carroll Brown 
Harry L. Brown 

Harry Neal Brown 
Mr. and Mrs. C. Scott Cates 

Patricia Anne Cates 
Mrs. Fred S. Cates, Sr. 
Mr. and Mrs. Fred S. Cates, Jr. 

Elizabeth Bryant Cates 

Dianne Vaunceil Cates 
Herbert J. Cates 

Hugh Marion Cates 
Mr. and Mrs. John Wm. Cates, Sr. 

Eugenia Marie Cates 
Mr. and Mrs. Macon J. Cates 

Michael Fred Cates 
Mrs. Louise R. Clayton 
Mr. and Mrs. Oliver D. Clayton 

Mailing Address Street 

Box 4 
Box 92 
Box 263 
Route 3 

Route 1 

Route 1 
Box 764 
Box 786 

St. Mary's Rd. 
W. Queen St. 
W. Tryon St. 
US 70A East 

St. Mary's Rd. 

St. Mary's Rd. 
W. Tryon St. 
St. Mary's Rd. 

Box 626 

E. Tryon St. 

Box 214 

W. Union St. 

Box 304 

Occoneechee Fi 

Box 242 

US 70A East 

Box 706 

US 70A East 

Box 62 

US 70 

Box 633 

Hazel St. 

Box 633 

W. Union St. 

Box 633 

Wake St. 

Route 1 

US 70 

Box 614 

St. Mary's Rd. 

West Hillsboro 

Orange Gr. Rd 

West Hillsboro 

W. Union St. 

Box 109 

Hillsboro Ave. 

Box 215 

Boundary St. 

Box 94 

Margaret Lane 

Box 541 

E. Tryon St. 

Route 1 

US 70A West 


William Patrick Clayton 

Olivia Ann Clayton 
Mrs. R. H. Claytor, Sr. 

Fred T. Claytor 

Mary Claytor 
Robert H. Claytor, Jr. 
Mrs. O. P. Cole 
Mr. and Mrs. E. Wilson Cole, Jr. 

Wm. Gordon Cole 
Mr. and Mrs. R. D. Copeland 

Robert Daniel Copeland, Jr. 

Thomas Graham Copeland 
Mrs. Susan Correll 
Mr. and Mrs. Carl C. Davis 
Mr. and Mrs. John Wm. Dickson 

George W. Dickson 
Mr. and Mrs. Roger R. Drowns 
Mrs. J. D. Eskridge 

Joseph D. Eskridge, Jr. 

Judith Lee Eskridge 
Mr. and Mrs. James M. Field 
Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Floyd 
Mrs. Louise Forrest 

Joan Forrest 
Mr. and Mrs. Felix Forrest 

Mary Va. Forrest 
Mr. and Mrs. Homer G. Forrest 
Dr. and Mrs. Clarence E. Gardner, 

Mr. and Mrs. Marcus A. Barriss 
Mr. and Mrs. James R. Gates 
Mr. and Mrs. Sydney Green 
Mrs. H. E. Gulick 
Mr. and Mrs. Ed J. Hamlin 

Emily Louise Hamlin 
Mr. and Mrs. Clyde T. Hardy 
Mrs. Gertrude Newman Hinshaw 

and Miss Fannie Newman 
Mr. and Mrs. D. E. Hollandsworth 

Martha Ann Hollandworth 
Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Hooker 
Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Hughes 

Joseph Paisley Hughes, Jr. 
Mrs. George Hunt 
Mr. and Mrs. Ben G. Johnston 
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence D. Jones 

C. Dupre Jones, III 

Knox Jones 
Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Joyner 
Mrs. A. W. Kenion 

Box 553 

W. King St. 

Box 597 
Box 371 
Box 112 

US 70A East 
Occoneechee Fm. 
St. Mary's Rd. 

Box 752 

Margaret Lane 

Box 301 
Box 772 
Box 103 

Yancey Rest Hm. 
E. Queen St. 
Orange Gr. Rd. 

Route 3 
Box 334 

US 70A East 
St. Mary's Rd. 

Route 3 
Route 1 
Box 414 

Mt. View Estates 
St. Mary's Rd. 

Box 163 

E. Union St. 

Box 57 
Box 624 

Hillsboro St. 
Gov. Burke Rd. 

Route 1 
Box 562 
Box 712 
Box 211 
Box 647 

St. Mary's Rd. 
Mt. View Estates 
Mt. View Estates 
Churton St. 
W. King St. 

Route 1 
Box 92 

St. Mary's Rd. 
W. Queen St. 

Route 1 

St. Mary's Rd. 

Box 72 
Box 361 

US 70 

St. Mary's Rd. 

Box 52 
Box 125 
Box 704 

W. King St. 
W. King St. 
US 70A East 

Box 687 
Bxo 138 

Wake St. 
US 70 


Mary Frances Kenion 
Mrs. Thomas S. Kenion 
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel S. Kirkland 

Mrs. Faquard Smith 
Mr. and Mrs. Harold F. Latta 
Mr. and Mrs. Lantham E. Latta 

Paul Womble Latta 

Mark Lantham Latta 

Lois Ann Latta 
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel T. Latta, HI 
Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Leonard 
Mrs. T. E. Lloyd 
Mrs. Thomas E. Lynch 

Edwin M. Lynch 
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. F. Lynch 

James Wm. Lynch 
Mr. and Mrs. J. Harlton McKee 
Mr. and Mrs. R. G. Montgomery 
Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Murphy, Jr. 

Anne Frazier Murphy 

Karen T. Murphy 
Mrs. Ralph Neighbours 

Stephen R. Neighbors 
Mrs. Eleanor N. Newman 
Mrs. D. E. Patterson, Sr. 
Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Fatterson 

Janis Patterson 
Mr. and Mrs. Hal Patterson 
Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Ray, Jr. 

Johnny Ray 
Mr. and Mrs. J. Marvin Ray 

James P. Ray 
Mrs. B. N. Roberts 

Franz Joseph Roberts 

John Roberts 
Dr. Marion B. Roberts 

Bryan W. Roberts 
Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Roberts 

Wayne B. Roberts 
Zephaniah R. Roberts 

Kenneth B. Roberts 
Mrs. Owen S. Robertson 
Mrs. Jerome Rosemond 
Mr. and Mrs. Remus J. Smith, Sr. 
Mr. and Mrs. Remus J. Smith, Jr. 
Mrs. T. P. Smith 

Thurston Perry Smith, Jr. 
Mrs. Wallace Strayhorn 

Jimmy Lawrence Strayhorn 

Michael Wallace Strayhorn 

Route 1 

W. King St. 
St. Mary's Rd. 

Box 144 
Box 144 

NC 57 Highway 
NC 57 Highway 

Route 1 
Box 232 
Box 102 
Box 274 

NC 57 Highway 
Orange Gr. Rd. 
Margaret Lane 
Churton St. 

Box 212 
Route 1 
Route 1 
Box 547 
Box 413 

E. Tryon St. 


US 70 

US 70 

E. King St. 

Box 763 


Box 92 
Box 12 
Box 711 

W. Queen St. 
E, Queen St. 
St. Mary's Rd. 

Box 402 

Occoneechee Fm, 

Ruote 3 

Lawrence Rd. 

Box 42 

W. Tryon St. 

Box 685 

Hazel St. 

Box 269 

US 70A East 

Box 322 

NC 86 North 

Box 727 
Box 3 
Box 707 
Box 707 
Box 643 

E. Tryon St. 
W. King St. 
W. Queen St. 
Mitchell St. 
Ruffin St. 

Box 332 

E. Union St. 


Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Walter Teer 

Seymour Eugene Teer 
Mrs. R. N. Terrell 
Mrs. W. O. von Staudt 
Mrs. James H. Wade 

James Houston Wade, Jr. 

Thomas Calvin Wade 
Mr. and Mrs. Carston R. Wagner 
Mrs. A. H. Walker, Sr. 
Mr. and Mrs. Allen H. Walker, Jr. 
Mrs. Billy F. Wilkerson 
Mr. and Mrs. Kay C. Wineciff 
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. J. Wrenn, Sr. 

Margaret Wrenn 

Box 284 

Box 534 
Ruote 3 
Box 372 

Box 183 
Box 506 
Box 506 
Box 43 8 
Box 246 
Box 246 
Box 148 

Ruffin St. 

US 70A East 
US 70A East 
E. Union St. 

E. Tryon St. 
Churton St. 
E. Queen St. 
Margaret Lane 
W. King St. 
W. Tryon St. 

Mr. L. E. Beard 
Member of the Presbyterian 

Church for many years. 

30 years Elder of the Church. 

President of Bellevue Mill. 


J. Kenneth Dickson 

Mrs. Marjorie Still Farrell 

Edmund Oliver Kenion 

Grant Kenion 

Mrs. Frank W. Lamb (Mrs. Alice Cates) 

Mrs. George Lynch 

Mrs. Shirley Joyner Martin 

Raleigh, N. C. 
Chapel Hill, N. C. 
Candor, N. C. 
Greensboro, N. C. 
Greensboro, N. C. 
Durham, N. C. 
Charlotte, N. C. 


Mrs. Annie Laura Blackwelder Perdue 
Mrs. J. W. Powell (Fat Montgomery) 
Paul J. Ranson 
Wallace Elliott Robinson 
Mrs. Sarah Anne Eskridge Sugg 
Mrs. Ruth Blackwelder Terry 
Robert Lee Utsman (in Service) 
Mrs. Martha Wrenn Weiss 
Joseph Christopher Wrenn 
Mr. and Mrs. H. S. McDonald 
Carolyn McDonald 

C. D. Jones 
Born Hillsborough, N. C, Edu- 
cated H.H. School, U.N.C., Own- 
er of Western Auto Store. Has 
served on the Orange County 
School Board and as County 

Greensboro, N. C 
Atlanta, Ga. 
Durham, N. C. 
Spray, N. C. 
Durham, N. C. 
Brunswick, Ga. 
Durham, N. C. 
Washington, D. C 
Greensboro, N. C. 

Mayor Ben G. Johnston. 
Mayor May, 1933 to June 1961. 
The most popular mayor that 
our town has ever had. Mr. 
Johnston served the town well 
and many improvements were 
made while he was the town 


William Alexander Graham (1804-1875) 

Governor, Secretary of Navy. Born Lincoln County. Graduated U.N.C., 
1824. Began practice of law in Hillsborough, 1825. He was a member of 
the general assembly (speaker of House for two terms). United States 
Senator. Governor, 1845-1849. Secretary of Navy under Fillmore (1850- 
1853). Whig nominee for vice president. Confederate Senator. 


Gov. William A. Graham — 1845 
North Carolina 

William Hooper 

Signer of Declaration of 


William Hooper (1741-1790) 

Signer Declaration of Independence. Born Boston, Mass. Graduated 
Harvard. Moved to Wilmington, 1767, and practiced law. Member Con- 
tinental Congress. Signer of Declaration of Independence. Revolutionary 
leader. Moved his family from Wilmington to Hillsborough during the 
Revolutionary War and made Hillsborough his permanent residence in 
1781, where he died in 1790. He is buried in the old town cemetery, 
now the Presbyterian Church cemetery. 


Hillsborough Confederate ^Library — Built 1934 

The only library in the U.S.A. that has the name 

of Confederate. 

The lot on which the Confederate Memorial Library now stands, 
was leased in the year 1836 for 99 years, for the sum $100.00 paid to 
the town commissioners, by Dr. James Webb, for the purpose of erecting a 
building to be used as a Sunday School room, under the care of the 
Presbyterian Church. The building was later used as the town library 
until 1934. This was called the "Session House" because the Presbyterian 
Sessions were held in this building. 



Dr. M. B. Roberts— 1958 

Educated Hillsborough HLS., 

U.N.C., and University of Mary 

land. Member Presbyterian 


Dr. M. B. Roberts first prac- 
ticed medicine in Burlington, N. C. 
A few years later moved to Star, 
N. C. He came to Hillsborough in 
the year 1938. His office has al- 
ways been located over James 





The following is the deed to the Colored Presbyterian Church: 
George W. Brodie and Charlotte L. Brodie (wife of Georg?) — Wash- 
ington City, District of Columbia, sold to J. Nichols and B. F. Murray, 
Trustees of the Colored Presbyterian Church in the Town of H'llsborough, 
County of Orange in the State of North Carolina. They paid twenty-five 
dollars of lawful money of the United S ates for a certain parcel of land, 
a lot lying in the town ofHillsborough, Orange County, State of North 
Carolina, Lot No. 201. Beginning at the nor h-east corner of Gordon's 
line on County Line Street running east 42 feet to the lot sold to one 
Lucinda Morrow. Thence running sou'h along said line of said lot 75 
feet. Thence 42 feet to Gordon's Line. Thence North along said line 
75 feet to County Line Street, the place of beginning. 

G. W. Brodie (Seal) 

Howard N. Norris — No'ary Public 
Geo. Laws — Clerk of Superior Court 

Charlotte C. Brodie (Seal) 
August 31, 1877 

From: Book No. 45 
Page No. 488 

In the early maps of Hillsborough the names of some of the streets 
were different from the names now used. The street called County Line 
is now known as Orange Street. The street called Church Street is now 
known as Tryon Street. The first Methodist Church (for white people) 
was located on the east end of Tryon Street. In 1825 it was known as 
Church Street. 

The Presbyterian Church was built about 1878 with the help of 
some white people. The main leaders were as follows: Ellison, Bolden, 
Morrow, Richmond, Webb, etc. Bill Bolden was the organist. The church 
was never strong in membership or money. As the members died, there 
were not enough young members to take the'r place. 

Following the death of so many of the older members, the members 
that were left were unable to carry on the work that should be done. The 
church was closed about the year 1928. 

James Collins bought the church and land about the year 1942. 


Fate Richmond Annie Morrow 

Julia Richmond Anderson Morrow 

Bruce Allison John Webb 

Mary Allison J. Nichols 

Bill Bolden B. F. Murray 
Emma Bolden (The only one now Rev. White — Pastor 



Presbyterian Church — Drawn by Rev. Archie McCulIers 


Built 1859 by Captain John Berry 

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